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Daytona too Dangerous, Classes too repetitive
There is no way in any sense of intelligent responsibility or safety that modern Superbikes
can to return to Daytona Speedway without significant changes being made

This year's running of the Daytona 200 will certainly go down in the history books as one of the most interesting races ever, from another almost win by underdog Ducati in the highly skilled hands of their lone factory rider Eric Bostrom, to the 3rd Daytona race victory by Suzuki's Matt Mladin, arguably the least liked but one of the most highly talented and calculating riders we have ever had the questionable pleasure of watching compete in American Superbike. The 63rd running of this uniquely American motorcycle classic also requires that the following observations be noted by the AMA sanctioning body and the motorcycle manufacturers for the safety, validity and good of Superbike in America:

1. Adding to the excitement, drama, and now extreame danger of the Daytona race were the new 200hp 1000cc Superbikes which have twice the power to weight ratio of a NASCAR stock car, and are now much too fast for the high banked Daytona super speedway were the riders bounced and weaved at 190 mph without traction, or any vehicle safety protection from the solid concrete walls and armco barriers -just inches away. Riders spoke in fear and respect of the bikes which were spinning their tires in every gear under acceleration, right up to 190 mph on the banking where only aerodynamic drag held them back as their rear tires continued to spin up over 200 mph. Many of the factory riders including Miguel duHamel and jake Zemke said they were often drifting both wheels in full slides at top speed on the banking, particularly across the start/finish line of the tri-oval.

It should be noted that NASCAR limits their race car speeds to 185 mph for safety, and their drivers have the added control of four huge tire patches, spoilers and modified bodywork for added down force traction, plus the significant protection of a 3,600 lb steel car with full roll cage, protective seat, full body and neck safety harnesses. There is no way in any sense of intelligent responsibility or safety that the AMA can allow modern Superbikes to return to Daytona Speedway without making significant changes to the course layout to eliminate much of the banking and reduce top speeds. Very few tracks in America meet FIA / FIM safety standards and Daytona is not one of them. FIM World Superbike will not sanction a race at Daytona because of the safety issues of the outdated track with its solid walls and no safe runoff areas.

2). It was extremely disappointing to see just 3 brands, Ducati, Honda and Suzuki in contention for the Daytona 200 Superbike race. Neither Kawasaki or Yamaha are campaigning the Superbike Class this year, although both manufacturers have highly competitive bikes in their new ZX10 and R1. In fact, just the day before on Friday these two brands had an extraordionary 6 way battle in the new 1000cc Superstock class where eventual winner Damon Buckmaster and his challengers were turning extremely fast 1:52 laps with 185mph top speeds on what were essentially stock bikes - just 2 seconds and 5mph off Saturday's race leading Superbikes, and just as quick or quicker than the privateers filling out the rest of Saturday's Superbike field behind the sparse 6 factory riders who were racing the classs. Put a front line factory rider on a Supersport bike and they would certainly be in the top 5-10 in the Superbike class. Bolt on works suspension and wheels on a Supersport bike and they could be racing for the win. The AMA and the manufacturers need to admit they make a mistake in creating the repetitive 1000cc Superstock and Supersport class, and combine it with the Superbike class to return American Superbike to the premier class it has always been. -JG

Left to right: Danielle, Candice, Christie and Jilaine, four beautiful sisters harmonizing with the best melodies and great original songs. Talk about talented, Christi is also a NSSA Women's East Coast Surfing Champion and Candice is a commerical artist. Ranging in age from 15 to 26 years old, they write their music together

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We were excited to feature the Beu Sisters in their first major national concert appearance at our Los Angeles Calendar Motorcycle Show this past July 2003 following the release of their critically acclaimed first album "DECISIONS." Our favorite girls are now really breaking out into the big time as part of a huge American Idol national concert touras the opening act for Kelly Clarkston & Clay Aiken! The tour kicked off in Charolette on February 21st and makes 31 stops across the country at huge venues including the Nasasau Coliseum in New York, and the Staples Center and Anaheim Pond in the Los Angeles area before ending on April 17th. Our congradulations go out to Danielle, Candice, Christie and Julie for their well deserved success. They are four of the sweetest girls were ever had the pleasure to meet and party with for an entire great weekend. We're guessing the crew of the Queen Mary is still trying to figure out how the girls' foot dirty naked prints were left walking up the sides of the pristine white ship

These four young teenage girls are the hottest, best new girl group on the music scene since the Coors. If you miss the harmonies of Wilson-Phillips and like the pop rock ballads of the Coors, these four beautiful young Beu sisters will totally blow you away. Songs like "I was only Seventeen" might get us arrested, "Stop! Stay away from my Sister!" tells us they'll kick our butt, but then they lead us into temptation with 'Why Don't You Just Kiss Me." You saw them here first on 1 year ago! Meet the Beu Sisters and catch their 2004 National tour HERE

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The Los Angeles Calendar Motorcycle Show Weekend sponsored by Performance Machine held at the Queen Mary Event Park in Long Beach, CA, continues to grow every year as the most popular consumer street bike show in America catering to custom, cruiser, classic and sportbike enthusiasts. Always the 3rd weekend of July, the 13th Annual Show is scheduled for Saturday July 17th and Sunday July 18th, 2004. The Show features a huge weekend of activities with over 160 major motorcycle and product manufacturers, exhibitors and venders, together with the leading custom bike from across America. This year Show producer Gianatsis Design has focus on increased parking for continued growth in spectator attendance. Associate Sponsorship support for the premier streetbike event weekend in America is provided by Iron Works magazine, Jardine Performance, Corona Extra, Trader Publications, Calendars & Website, The Los Angeles Times / ReCycler / Cycle Buys, and SPEED TV’s American Thunder.

There’s an incredible lineup of activities including the Jardine Performance West Coast Horsepower Dyno Shootout - now an exclusive permanent feature attraction at the Show, new bike demo rides from select motorcycle manufacturers, and complimentary admission to the Queen Mary historic ocean liner (Normally a separate $26 charge to tourists, Queen Mary admission is included free to Bike Show spectators with their low $20 admission to the Bike Show). The LA Calendar Motorcycle Show again supports an important charity, the Iron Works magazine Readers Ride to benefit Olive Crest Children’s Shelters (the biggest shelter for orphans, abused children and families in Southern California), as its ride-to destination. Saturday morning the 17th riders will start at the Olive Crest Children's Home in Santa Ana, CA, from where they will then ride to the Calendar Bike Show in Long Beach, just 25 miles away and receive VIP parking, a complimentary lunch and weekend admission for their charity donation.

As always the LA Calendar Show offers the premier Performance Machine Custom, Sportbike and Classic Bike Contest on the West Coast featuring many of top bike Pro and Amateur builders in America vying for the prestigious Performance Machine Best of Show Trophy. Jesse Rooke will return to premier his latest cutting edge custom in a bid to secure Best of Show for the 3rd year in a row, but competition will again be intense from many other top builders normally in attendance including Paul Yaffe, Don Chica, Ron Simms, Mike Stafford, Roger Goldammer, Harold Pontarelli and many others. The Calendar Show, its bikes and builders, and exhibitors receive more national media coverage in major motorcycle magazines including Iron Works and in TV programs on Discovery, Spike, and with our Show's associate sponsor Speed TV’s American Thunder.

Each year’s Show features exciting live on-stage entertainment. This year will there will be different musical themes each day. Saturday the 17th will feature an all day Mini Blues Festival headlined by 2000 lbs of Blues, one of Los Angeles’ most popular blues bands, together with a number of special guests. On Sunday the 18th the Show will shift to a Classic Rock ‘n’ Roll Festival with the hugely popular Unauthorized Rolling Stones out of San Francisco, together with the Janis Joplin style rock/blues vocals of the beautiful Boudeeka.

Joining us for the first time this year will be the Purrfect Angelzs with special on-stage shows both days. The Angelz are a group of 5 beautiful girls performing dance, gymnastic and comedy magic routines. Also making a special appearance all weekend long will be the Las Vegas Extremes team, famous for their wild sportbike stunts and videos, staring the crazed Pauly Sherer and the beautiful 21 year old Jolleen "JoJo" Farmer. They promise a lot of smokey burnouts followed by exploding rear tires to keep things exciting all weekend long.

Showcasing the Calendar Girls theme of the Calendar Bike Show will be the premier of the 2005 Calendars with the beautiful SBK World Superbike Calendar Angels in attendance including Miss Great Britain Nicki Lane, Comedy Central’s Janelle Perzina, The Man Show’s Chandi Mason, and beautiful new Calendar Angels Andra Cobb and Laura Niles. Plus there will be the Calendar Girl Model Pageant both days, the beautiful Corona Extra and Archie’s Ice Cream Girls. Also planed are special promotions from Playboy, Penthouse and Maxim magazine with appearances by their models and Hometown Honeys.

“Motorcycle enthusiasts love The Los Angeles Calendar Motorcycle Show because of its quality of attractions and weekend long excitement, plus the participation of many of the major bike and product manufacturers, and top custom bike builders in America. Plus our beautiful Calendar models!” explains event producer Jim Gianatsis of Gianatsis Design, a motorsports advertising design agency which also produces the popular Motorcycle Pinup Calendars. “This outdoor event located on the ocean’s edge at the beautiful Queen Mary Park, in the heart of America’s motorcycle industry makes our Show even more significant. With everything that Long Beach has to offers including the ferry boat to Catalina Island, the Aquarium, the downtown restaurants and clubs, and the attractions Los Angeles has to offer, the LA Calendar Motorcycle Show is a must do weekend for streetbike fans.”
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A vast range of racetrack activities and special events await sportbikers from around the world

Bologna, Italy, 20 February 2004:
The offices at Borgo Panigale are a whirl of activity in
preparation for Ducati’s fourth international meeting, to be from May 17 to 23 at the Santa Monica track, Misano. WDW 2004 is a full week of activity dedicated to the passion for sport motorcycles. Tens of thousands of Ducatisti are expected but lovers of sportbiking in general are also invited. The event is open to motorcyclists of all ages, tastes and abilities. For those without a Ducati, WDW2004 gives them the opportunity to test the bikes that have made Borgo Panigale – the home of Ducati – world famous.

The following activities have already been scheduled:
TRACK AREA: An exciting aspect of this year’s event is the use of the track for the entire week; participants will be able to ride the track on all 7 days.
TEST RIDE AREA: From Tuesday to Sunday, participants will be able to try out the new Ducati 2004 range of motorcycles on the test ride track.
TECHNICAL AREA AND SALES AREA: A technical area will be created in the track pits to support events on the track itself. Furthermore, a 1100 square metre sales area for Ducati products will be provided, with the entire range of Ducati accessories and apparel on display.
RELAXATION AREA: In conformity with the principles of Zen philosophy, a relaxation area will be provided where participants can listen to chill-out music, relax on Stokke ergonomic chairs and enjoy free massages by professional masseurs using the “fast massage” technique. The massages will last for around fifteen minutes, using traditional Chinese micro-massage, reflexology, decontraction, anti-stress and shiatsu techniques. A gym will also be made available for all participants, with the most modern Technogym equipment.
DUCATI RIDING EXPERIENCE: The first day, Monday 17 May, will be a Ducati Riding Experience (DRE) day, dedicated to the motorcycle riding course organised by Ducati. Participation depends on purchase of a WDW week ticket at a special rate. On subsequent days brief basic and advanced courses will be held to give everyone the opportunity to experience the unique sensations of the DRE.
BIKE WASH: A stand will be provided where participants can have their
motorcycles washed by young assistants. You will also be able to immortalise this
unique moment and send your pictures to your friends via MMS.

For participants who enjoy sports, an area of the paddock will be outfitted for beach sports, including beach soccer and beach volley. There will also be a genuine Mexican bar where you can enjoy colourful cocktails in a relaxed atmosphere with cool music.
TOURS: Three types of tour will be organised in collaboration with “Curve e Tornanti”, which will visit the most beautiful areas of Emilia Romagna, especially designed for riders who enjoy exploring the world on their motorcycles.
A range of ticket options are available:
- week ticket for Ducati owners: reservations by 18 April, 95 euro; after 18/04, 110 euro.
- weekend ticket for Ducati owners: reservations by 18 April, 50 euro; after 18/04 60 euro.
- week ticket for non-Ducati owners: 120 euro.
- weekend ticket for non-Ducati owners: 70 euro.
- week ticket for guest without motorcycle or passenger: 90 euro.
- weekend ticket for guest without motorcycle or passenger: 45 euro.
All participants who reserve their week tickets (of any type) by 18 April, will qualify for a lottery for 100 guest places at a dinner with the official Ducati Corse riders.

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AMA Team Ducati Austin tests at Barber Motorsports Park
March 18-19th, Montgomery AL -Eric Bostrom tested the Parts Unlimited Ducati Austin 999 for the first time at Barber Motorsports Park on Thursday, putting in 71 laps at the fast and flowing track under overcast but mild conditions. With this being the first true road course for Bostrom on the 999, the focus was on the front end and continuing to get Eric comfortable with the bike on a track new to the 999.

The 27-year-old Bostrom from Las Vegas, Nevada had ridden the 2.3-mile track only once before in a short practice session, having missed last season’s final race at the Alabama venue due to injury. “It was fun to shake the 999 down on a real road course type track,” said an enthusiastic Bostrom.

The track, repaved late last year, created a specific challenge in tire selection. “It’s just unfortunate that the track is so green. It feels different from the brief test I did here on the old pavement,” said Bostrom. “With so many blind drop-away turns, it’s a challenging track to learn and judging the correct corner entry speed is critical. We made good progress today and I had a great time pushing the bike hard on this course.”

Italian race engineer Luca Ferraccioli explained, “With the condition of the repaved track we are concentrating on finding the correct front tire. Michelin has more front tires for us to try tomorrow so we will continue focusing on that.”
The Parts Unlimited Ducati Austin team wrapped up a productive two-day test at Barber Motorsports Park with Eric Bostrom turning a total of 101 laps in warm and sunny conditions.

“Things went really well today,” said Bostrom. “I’m really curious about what the pace is going to be on this new asphalt. We worked with Michelin to find the right tire and I got my time down by a couple of seconds over yesterday. I’m happy about the progress because things just keep coming together.”

The team’s test follows an incredible AMA debut at the Daytona 200 where Bostrom proved the potential of the Ducati 999 by qualifying in pole position and running at the front of the field until a stone-damaged oil cooler forced his early retirement from the race.

“The main goal of our test was to find the ideal front tire and we found a solution that we are happy with,” explained race engineer Luca Ferraccioli. “With the increased confidence Eric is showing with the set-up, we feel that good things can happen at Fontana,” declared the team’s racing manager Tom Bodenbach. Fontana is one of the few tracks where Bostrom has had the opportunity to test the 999. A test session in mid February gave the team critical data to work with as they head into the next round at the Southern California venue.

Round 2 of the AMA series will be held April 2-4 at California Speedway in Fontana.

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Yamaha MotoGP Team wraps up 3 days of Phillip Island testing -
Full IRTA Tests Scheduled in Spain March 28
Phillip Island, Australia March 11th - The third and final day of Yamaha's gruelling intercontinental winter testing programme ended today at the Phillip Island circuit in Australia. The teams have completed a series of tests in Malaysia and Australia and now head back to Europe for two more tests against their MotoGP competitors before the season kick-off in South Africa in April. Despite a feisty headwind, Valentino Rossi, Carlos Checa and Marco Melandri took advantage of the sunniest of the three days to make successful race simulations.
Rossi, Gauloises Fortuna Yamaha newcomer, made his race simulation this afternoon battling against the wind and concluded the day with a total of 85 laps and a top time of 1'30.8, just failing to improve on yesterday's lap time. Nevertheless the 25-year-old was content with the progress made and heads back to Europe ready to participate in his first IRTA tests as a Yamaha rider. Team-mate Checa also made a race simulation for the second time in as many days, just beating his time from yesterday with 1'31.3 after completing 100 laps in total.

Fortuna Gauloises Tech 3 riders Melandri and Norick Abe seemed to switch fortunes from yesterday, with Melandri finding a great improvement with some overnight geometry changes, while Abe found himself losing a little direction since yesterday.

Valentino Rossi (Gauloises Fortuna Yamaha) 85 laps, 1'30.8
"Overall once again I'm quite satisfied with this test. Today was a bit of a struggle against the strong winds, making it harder than last time we were here. But we've made some good progress with tyres and I was comfortable with the race simulation this afternoon. It wasn't as warm as we would have liked, about 20 degrees outside temperature, but we have found quite a good level and are ready to see what happens when we move to a different circuit. The IRTA tests are going to be interesting for this reason, as we've only tested with this set-up and engine spec at two circuits, and Barcelona and Jerez are difficult because of their hard braking. But we will see!"

Carlos Checa (Gauloises Fortuna Yamaha) 100 laps, 1'31.3
"That was quite a good race simulation, we're still a bit behind where we should be but we've reduced the gap quite a bit during this test and we've improved since yesterday. I think we will have quite a good level for the start of the championship. I'm looking forward to going to Barcelona and seeing where we are now against our competitors. We've mostly focused on the chassis this winter and will concentrate more on the engine in the near future. But we are conscious not to change too much with the bike."

Marco Melandri (Fortuna Gauloises Tech 3) 99 laps, 1'31.92
"Well that was much better. I'm quite happy with how things went today; I felt much more comfortable on the bike. We consistently made an improvement every time we went out, which is just how I needed to finish this test. Every run was a step in the right direction. Since we seemed to have lost our way a little yesterday the team and I sat down last night and looked at everything - how we had the bike set up during the GP here last year and how things were for the last test we had in February. We then modified the geometry this morning and things instantly improved. I also did a full race simulation and the result was quite positive."

Norick Abe (Fortuna Gauloises Tech 3) 96 laps, 1'33.69
"Today it went a little wrong. I thought I was doing quite well, I felt very comfortable everywhere, but then I followed Checa and saw that in most places I was doing OK; except the slower corners. Here I'm losing quite a bit more than I expected. I guess we still have some more work to do."

The Yamaha Factory Racing teams now heads back to Europe for the pre-season group IRTA tests, commencing in Barcelona on Friday 26 March.


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March 7th - 2004 Repsol Honda team mates Nicky Hayden and Alex Barros finished their scheduled two-day test at Valencia this afternoon (Sunday) pleased with their work and the way the teams testing schedule is developing.
In bright sunshine today they worked at the 4.005km Ricardo Tormo circuit putting more km’s on their factory Honda RC211V’s in readiness for the start of the 16-round 2004 MotoGP world championship that starts at Welkom in South Africa in exactly six weeks time.
Hayden and Barros will shortly fly back to America and Brazil respectively before returning to Spain (Barcelona) for the official launch of the Repsol Honda Team on March 25th and the IRTA tests the following weekend.
Nicky Hayden
“A good couple of days. I’ve gone faster here than I ever have before which is good. The teams working real well and I’m looking forward to the IRTA tests at the end of the month when the season will really start to build. In Barcelona they’ll be all the teams, great atmosphere, a little bit of hype. We then have one more test at Jerez then the fun starts with the first race. I’m really excited.”
Saturday best lap 1m33.7 70 laps
Sunday best lap 1m33.3 91 laps
Alex Barros
“Today we tested a lot of different solutions on the bike for this circuit and am very happy with the results over the weekend. I can now make consistently fast laps and I don’t seem to be too bothered by the shoulder with seems to be coming better with every test we do. We are still not at 100% but I’m pleased we are on the schedule we set ourselves when we started testing this year. That is to take it steady with the bike and the shoulder in order to be at 100% for the first GP in South Africa. I’m travelling back to Brazil shortly and will return to Spain for the IRTA tests at the end of the month.”
Saturday best lap 1m33.5 81 laps
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"I am extremely impressed with the outpouring of enthusiasm and support that Ducatisti have shown for the Sport Classics," said Federico Minoli, President and CEO of Ducati. "We have always believed in our fans instincts and opinions, and now, thanks to their passion, their and our dreams are becoming a reality."

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