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2004 World Superbike is Number One on UK television
April 12th -The Superbike World Championship round at Misano, San Marino dominated viewing figures for motorsport programming across the United Kingdom last week with an audience of more than 1.68-million viewers on the BBC. The broadcast also achieved a high share percentage of 14.5%.t hat makes the viewing figures even more interesting is that fact that they were achieved during what was an extremely busy weekend of televised motorsport. Other televised events included the opening round of the MotoGP Championship in Welkom, South Africa, the New Zealand round of the World Rally Championship, as well as the Super Racing Weekend in Valencia, Spain.

FGSPORT is the Superbike World Championship rights holders and CEO, Paolo
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achieving this level of viewership in the UK market. We enjoy a very good relationship with the BBC and they always provide an excellent level of programming. I am certain that they too are delighted with the results our Championship is providing."
This year’s viewing figures are slightly up on those achieved for same round of the Superbike World Championship last year which were 1.63-million with a
share percentage of 12.3%.

The next round of the Championship takes place at Monza from 14 - 16 May,
while two rounds of the Championship take place in the UK this year - one at Silverstone from 11 - 13 June and the other at Brands Hatch from 30 July - 1

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1 World Superbikes BBC2 18-Apr Sunday 14:25 00:55:00 1,686 3.05, 14.52
2 MotoGP BBC1 17-Apr Saturday 13:05 00:05:00 1,447, 2.62 19
3 World Superbikes BBC2 18-Apr Sunday 14:00 00:25:00 1,320 2.39, 11.35
4 MotoGP BBC2 18-Apr Sunday 12:45 01:15:00 1,153 2.09, 10.19
5 World Rally Champ ITV1 18-Apr Sunday 15:00 01:00:00 859 1.55, 6.97
6 Speed Sunday ITV1 18-Apr Sunday 14:00 01:00:00 727 1.32 6.31
7 GT on 4 CH4 17-Apr Saturday 7:30 00:30:00 146 0.27 5.57
8 Brit Superbikes Sky Spts 3 12-Apr Monday 13:00 03:30:00 108 0.33, 2.02
9 Elite Speedway Lge Sky Spts 3 14-Apr Wednesday 19:30 02:00:00 58, 0.17 0.43
10 V8 Supercars Five 12-Apr Monday 1:25 00:50:00 53 0.1 2.87
Note: All figures quoted are overnight ratings and have been supplied by the Broadcaster Audience Research Board (BARB).

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Superbike Champions! Nicki and Frankie's 998R
Frankie Chili's World Superbike race win at the Misano SBK round last week with his 2 year old, previous generation Ducati 998R Superbike shows the old girl is still a highly competive in World Superbike against the new current generation 999F04 factory bike, particularly since they are both running similar factory 998cc Testastretta motors. editor Jim Gianatsis owns both a 996R and 999S with the same 998cc Testastretta engine and has noted in our previous road tests that the older generation shorter wheelbase bike is a better handling bike, particularly on tighter tracks and canyon roads. We'd really like to see Ducati reintroduce the old generation bike with its classic single sided swingarm, but update it with the new style and more comfortable bodywork and fuel tank. It could be marketed as a special "short course" bike for tighter American and British tracks. We think the revised bike would be a huge success just a Frankier Chili has again proven in World Superbike for the 2nd year in a row with another race win since the old bike's discontinuation.

Our other Superbike champ above is reigning Miss Graet Britain Nicki Lane, our official SBK Fast Dates World Superbike Calendar Girl and Team Ducati Corse umbrella girl. Nicki has just returned from a Miss GB promotional tour to North Africa which took her to Libya among other stops. Nicki will again be joining us at LagunaSeca World Superbike and the Los Angeles Calendar Motorcycle Show this coming July.

2004 MotoGP Championship, Round 2 - Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez June 1/2 2004

Preview: First MotoGP race in Europe at Jarez
is Key to Tir\tle Ambitions in All Classes
Jerez, Spain, May 30th -Welkom in South Africa, this season's curtain-raising Grand Prix, is now consigned to the history books, as Jerez looms large this weekend. Many riders believe the World Championship begins for real in Spain at Jerez with round two of this 16-race season. The first race sometimes throws up a freak result due to the unfamiliar nature of Welkom, which is visited only once a year by MotoGP teams (who don't test there either).

Pre-season IRTA tests have shown that in the hands of Gauloises Fortuna Yamaha rider Valentino Rossi the M1 is capable of setting the fastest time at Jerez, when required. Combined with Rossi’s impressive result from the opening round there is an indication that the M1’s revised chassis and engine package has made the Yamaha more useable in the latter stages of the race – a crucial advantage at Jerez.

But no matter what the result of the first race, where four Honda RC211Vs came home in the top five, the atmosphere at Jerez when the bikes hit the grid on raceday is seldom matched anywhere in the world for sheer volume and raw energy. More than 150,000 people will pack the Andalucian venue, a natural amphitheatre, for what promises to be one of the high dramas of the 2004 MotoGP series.

Max Biaggi (Camel Honda RC211V) lies second to reigning World Champion Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) after a memorable battle with his great rival two weeks ago. The Roman gladiator will be taking the fight to Rossi here in Spain as he tries to close a five point gap on the current points leader with a win.
For Sete Gibernau (Telefonica MoviStar Honda RC211V) Jerez represents a chance to stamp his authority on this year's title chase. He will want no repeat of last year's race where he fell, throwing away valuable title points. While Alex Barros (Repsol Honda RC211V) will use his vast experience to put pressure on the three riders ahead of him in the title stakes at this stage.

Nicky Hayden (Repsol Honda RC211V) is now a year wiser and the young American can really get his title challenge on track here and turn up the heat on his rivals as the European rounds gather momentum from here on. And Jerez is a typically European track laid using the natural contours of the area to provide a challenging test.

The Ducati MotoGP Team comes to Spain looking forward to making more progress with its new-for-2004 Desmosedici GP4. Riders Loris Capirossi and Troy Bayliss gave the bike a promising race debut in South Africa two weeks ago, with plenty more to come from the 230-plus horsepower machine. Their new bike’s debut race is always a learning exercise, and Ducati MotoGP Team engineers learned plenty at Welkom, knowledge that they aim to use to good effect at Jerez, traditionally the first European GP of the season. The team was particularly pleased with how the GP4 used its tyres over full-race distance, one of the major aims of the 2004 redesign.

“At this stage of the season we are just learning how to work with the new bike in a race scenario,” says Ducati MotoGP Team director Livio Suppo. “The first race showed some of the bike’s potential and gave us a lot of data. Both our guys were happy with the way the bike worked with the tyres at the end of the race. We’ve made a big improvement in this area, and that was one of the main goals of the GP4. The bike’s heat management is also much better, which was another of the big ideas for 2004. This weekend the machine will be basically the same as it was at Welkom, then we stay on at the track to continue development on Monday.”

Ducati MotoGP Team technical director Corrado Cecchinelli believes that Jerez is a well-balanced circuit, where tyre management is crucial. “It’s not an easy track for the right side of the tyres, but it’s less demanding than Welkom, and our rear tyres finished that race in perfect condition,” he reveals. “It seems that the new bike uses its tyres more consistently over race distance, and we’re pleased about that. Jerez is difficult because it’s full of fast corners. Riders need a lot of confidence to go through these turns quickly, plus they need good power delivery because you use a lot of gas through these corners. Riders also need big confidence in the front end so they can attack the turns. The track is a good mix – it’s got no long straights but plenty of fast turns and some hairpins, so you need a well balanced bike.”

Loris Capirossi goes into round two with some confidence after his promising ride to sixth at Welkom. The Italian Ducati MotoGP Team man came back from a sluggish start to set the fifth fastest lap of the race and finish just 0.28 seconds behind fifth-placed Nicky Hayden (Honda). “We are working hard,” he says. “I would say the new bike is at 85 to 90 per cent of its potential, but we need to be at 110 per cent to battle with the guys at the front. Jerez was great for our team last year, even though I fell in the race. We were first and second on the grid and Troy made the podium. I like the track a lot, it’s got a lot of fast corners and it rises and falls. But what I really like about Jerez is the people – the fans are fantastic! And it’s always the first race in Europe, so it’s the first time the paddock really gets together.”

Built in 1986, Jerez hosted its first Grand Prix the following year and has remained on the World Championship calendar ever since. The track is a true measure of rider talent as much as a test of machine performance. Most of the 4.423km track's corners merge into each other requiring a neat, flowing style from the riders and a solid all-round performance from the motorcycle.

Jerez is a track with a little bit of everything - short, medium and long turns, uphill braking, and downhill braking. The Spanish track is used by many teams for MotoGP testing precisely because of the all-round demands it makes on machine set-up. And it puts a premium on front tyre grip.

Max Biaggi knows this season is his big chance to lift the premier class crown that has so far eluded him. "I like the Jerez track because it's technical, fairly difficult and very complete," he said. "In the sense that there are many different types of corner, from rapid sweeps to medium-slow, with a number of pretty abrupt braking points. There are no particular ups and downs but otherwise there's everything it takes to ensure plenty of fun. The chassis settings are fundamental on this type of track and we'll certainly be starting out with the ones we used in Welkom which proved to be very effective."

Barros is equally upbeat. "I'm looking forward to racing at Jerez. My physical condition is coming better all the time. Welkom was a hard race; the most physical effort I have placed on my shoulder since the operation and it was good. Every day I'm stronger. I will need to be to fight for the World Championship this year. The competition will be very tough and every point will be important. The machine felt good at the tests earlier this month and I look forward to the weekend."
Nicky Hayden is simply itching to get going. "It was great to be back in a race atmosphere again after what seemed like a long winter break," he said. "It wasn't the easiest weekend but we got some points and we have to look forward to the next race. Jerez wasn't great last year. Qualifying was difficult and the bike broke in the race so I didn't finish - my only non-finish of last year. We tested there a few weeks back and the 2004 bike felt real good - when we were riding, as the weather was so bad. I've just got to get my head down this weekend and focus on getting a good result."

Makoto Tamada (Camel Honda RC211V) riding on Bridgestone tyres is eager to get his season up and running. "I'm anxiously awaiting the second round of the world championship at Jerez. I'm very pleased with the bike, the 2004 RC211V is much more powerful than last year's but despite this improvement in performance, it's still very easy to handle and ride. I love the Jerez de la Frontera circuit and I'm hoping to find the right weather conditions so that I can work well. What we're aiming for is to get the package of bike-plus-new-tyres really balanced so we can stay out in front and make it up to the podium."

Colin Edwards (Telefonica MoviStar Honda RC211V) is ready to meet the challenge head-on. "This is one of the best racetracks in the world," said the Texan Tornado. "We'll solve the problems we had at Welkom, and even then we were fighting for a podium, and I think we'll be very competitive. I'm confident."

Which leaves home favourite Sete Gibernau to put Jerez in perspective. "You need balance in the settings but the front end is the most important," he said. "The bike needs to turn well and give you good feeling. There are the two fast rights before the main straight and the bike needs to turn well at a high lean angle. The other big thing is getting the rear set up so you can get on the throttle early out of the turns."

The 250 class will see Danny Pedrosa (Telefonica MoviStar Junior Team RS250RW) endeavour to repeat his astonishing performance at Welkom where he won first time out on his graduation to the quarter-litre class."Winning at Welkom was a special experience for us and a happy result but this is a learning year for me in 250 racing," he said.

"We don't yet know what the maximum potential is for us in the 250 class. I did 2,000 kilometres in pre-season testing but have had only one race. The team policy is a step by step approach, no pressure and we will keep to our plan. I'm not yet 100% fit, I can walk but not run. I like racing at Jerez and of course love the atmosphere the fans create, it's like no other in racing. This year will be special for me because so many fans gave me their support while I was recovering during the winter and I will do my best to thank them at Jerez."
Pedrosa's teammate, Hiroshi Aoyama, the reigning All Japan 250 Champion, makes his European debut at Jerez, only his second race outside Japan.

"Welkom was my first GP outside Japan and it was so different to anything in the Japanese championship. The racing was absolutely a different experience for me. I am discovering a lot of new things about GP racing. I am racing a prototype machine and constantly testing and evaluating new parts. That's sometimes good, sometimes not so good. But I have tested at Jerez so I will not lose a day finding a base set up and my way around the track and that will help me. The team has told me how exciting Jerez can be so I'm looking forward to the race." Said Aoyama.

Roberto Rolfo (Fortuna Honda RS250RW) is aiming to keep up his astonishing record of consistency, having scored points in every round last season -and so far this season too. "I like racing the Jerez circuit and the bike ran okay at the IRTA test down there," said the genial Italian. "But we can see from the Welkom result that we have a lot of work to do before we get there. We have to analyse the performance at Welkom and try and find a base to work from. In South Africa we had a lot of front-end problems. The race will be very hard, that's for sure."

Tony Elias (Fortuna Honda RS250RW) said, "We have a lot of work to do before we get to Jerez. It's a track I like very much and I hope to go well there, not just because we are in Spain. I was not happy after my result at Welkom. The bike ran OK at the IRTA test at Jerez but we will have to make it a lot better before we go there to race. I love the spectators who come to Jerez, they are super enthusiastic and they give me extra motivation."

Alex Debon (Wurth Honda BQR RS250R) is ready to take on all-comers. "I am very motivated for Jerez after the race in South Africa," he said. "The bike was great at Welkom the kit is so much better than last year. The engine has more pull and both the frame and suspension are really good. We did good work at the IRTA test and I am confident I will do well at Jerez, I have been fast there in the past."

In the 125cc category, which is so close to Spain's sporting heart, Andrea Dovizioso (Team Scot Honda RS125R) leads the point's standings after his storming win at Welkom. "I like Jerez but it's a track I never ride well," he said. "Last year I was ninth but didn't ride as well as I can. Now with the bike running as well as it is and the Showa suspension working really well in the way I need it to, I will go there 'with a different head on.' I will race with much more confidence this time."

Thomas Luthi (Elit Grand Prix Honda RS125R) is hoping for a big result here. "I have raced at Jerez four times and I like the circuit, it has a good variety of corners and I have always been able to find a good rhythm at that track. After what happened to me at Welkom I will hope to have a much better race. I was 12th in the Jerez race last year and I'm confident I can improve on that."

2004 American AMA Chevrolet Superbike Championship
Rounds 4 & 5 – Infineon Raceway, Sonoma, California, USA

Matt Mladin Aims to Continue His
Superbike Winning Streak at Infineon Raceway This Weekend

Event Preview: Samona, CA, May 25th - After taking victory in the opening three races of this years American AMA Chevrolet Superbike Championship, Mat Mladin and his Yoshimura Suzuki team will be out to maintain their race-winning intensity as the championship heads to this weekend’s double-header round at Infineon Raceway, north of San Francisco.

With this year’s 18-race championship in its early stages, the four-times American Superbike Champion knows the importance of stringing together a number of strong race finishes to lay the foundations for his title defence.

“The next two double header rounds of the championship at Infineon and then Barber Motorsports Park are both very important weekends for us,” said Mladin. “If we can get a couple more wins at those tracks, we can extend our points lead out to the equivalent of a race win and after five or so races in the championship that would be a nice position to be in. This weekend is a very important weekend and that’s how we’re treating it.”

Mladin arrives at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, California, holding a 24-point lead over Honda’s Jake Zemke (112 - 88), with Miguel DuHamel a further three points adrift in third.

Last year’s corresponding round of the championship was affected by poor weather during qualifying before Mladin emerged victorious in both Superbike nationals. These results, plus his early season form in 2004 leave him and his crew in a strong position prior to the commencement of practice this Friday.

The tight 2.2 miles (3.54km) circuit contrasts the fast Daytona and California Speedway circuits that the championship has already appeared at, offering little in the way of fast straightaways, instead linking together a range of twists and turns that will have all of the teams searching for the best engine / chassis combination to suit the conditions over the weekend.

“I do like the Infineon circuit,” Mladin added. “They’ve made a lot of improvements to it since we last raced there which have helped the safety side of things, plus the track surface is also better. They still have a bit more to do to make it 100 percent safe for motorcycles, but they’re well on their way to doing that.”

“Bike setup here will be at a premium, speed really doesn’t help too much. We think we’ll be in good shape, we know what the motorcycle can do there, obviously the results from last year and the test we had there earlier this year have given us a lot of information, so we’re heading there with no less expectation than to win a couple of races.”

Practice and qualifying for this weekend’s double-header AMA Superbike round commences on Friday, followed by the final qualifying session and opening Superbike race on Saturday. Sunday’s program will feature the second 28-lap Superbike national.

MotoCreations to premier new Ducati based Sport Cruiser
at LA Calendar Motorcycle Show July 17-18th

April 30th, Los Angeles, CA - is excited to announce that designer and race car fabricator Mark Savory of based in Chandler, Arizona, will use the Los Angeles Calendar Motorcycle Show, held the July 17-18th 2004 weekend at the Queen Mary in Long Beach,CA, to premier in public his exciting new sport cruiser prototype bike based on Ducat'si venerable Monster with the new DS1000 engine.

Most Ducati and custom Harley owners are affluent enough to have more than one bike in thier garage, and many owners have bikes from both genres. However, the current motorcycle cruiser market has little to offer in a bike with the attibutes and advantages of both generes: a cool looking cruiser for bike night with your buddies and crusin' the strip, along with the performance and reliability and sound of a V-Twin production based sportbike. Savory decided to start his new company to create the right type of bikes the market was missing. The new MotoCreations Ducati based Sport Cruiser concept bike offers that in spades, and potentially at a very affordable price should it be put into limited production by Savory or mass produced by a manufacturer like Ducati.

You can see the world premier of the new MotoCreations Ducati based cruiser at the July 17-18th LA Calendar Motorcycle Show, along with many other sportbike attractions including the Jardine West Coast Horsepower Dyno Shootout, and The Las Vegas Extremes stunt riding team starring Pauly Sherer and beautiful JoJo Farmer. Complete information is available at http;//

The events program for WDW 2004 nearly ready.
Bologna, 9th April 2004

- At its base in Borgo Panigale near Bologna, Ducati is busy putting the finishing touches on the program for the fourth world meeting of Ducati riders and enthusiasts. One thing, however, is certain already. The packedand varied events list is going to make these 7 days an absolutely unforgettable week for everybody who shares Ducati’s passion for motorcycling.

Numbers are rocketing, with registrations pouring in from all over the world. It looks as if Ducati fans are responding in mass, determined to book pole position for what looks like a week to remember. And don’t forget that this year the meeting is open to all motorcyclists, whether they ride Ducatis or other brands. So everybody who is passionate about riding, whether they own a Ducati or not, can enjoy this great festival of motorcycling.

WDW2004 takes place from the 17th to the 23rd of May at the Santa Monica circuit in Misano Adriatico. This year’s event is completely new and for the first time in its history will include an entire week of track events from Monday right up to Sunday.

In many ways, this year’s edition centres on track events thanks to the unique and unrepeatable opportunity of having the world famous Santa Monica circuit at our disposal every day of the week. You will be thrilled by a whole series of special track events, including demonstration rides by Ducati’s official riders Troy Bayliss and Loris Capirossi, incredible motorcycle acrobatics from rider and stuntman Christian Pfeiffer, plus dragster exhibitions.

What is more, this year for the first time 3.4 kilometres of the track is being set aside (from Tuesday to Sunday) for testing Ducati’s latest models, from the legendary 999 to the breathtaking Multistrada and 749. All makes of bike, not only Ducatis, will be allowed on the track. The paddock itself will house a technical area, where participants will have the chance to get their bikes tuned to perfection by real experts. Engine and frame maintenance courses will be organized for women interested in improving their technical knowledge.

On the opening day (Monday, 17th May) the circuit will host the Ducati Riding Experience (DRE). DRE is the Ducati organised riding course that places all the experience and professionalism of the world’s top instructors at your disposal to perfect your riding techniques in maximum safety. In addition, if you purchase a full week pass before the 18th of April (whether you are a Ducati owner or not), you will be entered in a drawing to win an exclusive dinner in the company of all of Ducati Corse’s official riders. The legendary Loris Capirossi, Troy Bayliss, Regis Laconi and James Toseland have promised to give the lucky winners a truly memorable evening. And whoever succeeds in the auction organised by humanitarian organisation Riders for Health also wins the once in a lifetime chance to ride a few circuits on the two-seat version of the super-fast Ducati Desmosedici as passenger of Randy Mamola.

But even if you are not one of these lucky winners, don’t despair, because you’re certain to bump into great ex-champions like Marco Lucchinelli or Giancarlo Falappa or one of today’s legends, Troy Bayliss, Loris Capirossi, James Toseland or Regis Laconi, plus reknown Calendar photographer Jim Gianatsis, strolling around the circuit and they will all be happy to oblige with an autograph.

But above all else WDW2004 will be a time for fun and entertainment! Fitness oriented riders will find a gym area fitted out with the latest Technogym equipment, and a beach area dedicated to beach games, beach soccer and beach volley. And there will be an authentic Mexican style chiringuito where you can relax to great music and savour a range of colourful cocktails.

The week will also have its own relaxation area where you can chill out and listen to music, or de-stress under the expert hands of Incorporesano’s professional masseurs.

And this year again of course, there will be plenty of tours through some of the most beautiful riding country of Emilia Romagna, organised in conjunction with the “Curve e Tornanti” motorcycling guide. You can choose from three types of tour, designed to match the needs of everybody who wants to discover the exceptional beauty of this region of Italy. The DAY TOURS are full days out, riding through some of the most classic of all Apennine motorcycling routes. The HAPPY AFTERNOON TOURS are lazier rides to one of the many small towns in the Romagna Apennines, stopping for an aperitif or some great local food. Finally, if your aim is to perfect your road riding, you can opt for one of the SAFE ROAD RIDING TOURS that start with a theory lesson at the Curve & Tornanti stand at the Misano circuit and conclude with a practice ride on twisting Apennine roads.

More technically oriented participants at WDW2004 will be able to listen to the experts of DUCATI UNIVERSITY expounding the latest theories of design and mechanics, with specific reference to the technical and tactical aspects involved in winning the world motorcycle championship. This is just the place to pick up hints on how to design the world’s most beautiful bikes and to listen to Ducati’s team riders confess their own little secrets on how to make the most of the Misano circuit.

And that’s not all! Another area (the biggest single area in WDW2004) will be geared up to welcome over 2000 official club members from all over the world to take part in a whole range of music, food and exhibition events. The wildest, craziest riders in the world will be “on show” here to guarantee entertainment for all!

On Friday, the 21st of May, Ducati riders from all over Italy will meet up in Rome, Piacenza and Bologna to ride together, two by two, to Misano in the “Big Red Snake”, a massive red line winding its way to the Santa Monica circuit. The idea for the “Big Red Snake” dates back to 1998 and the
Desmodromiclub of Rome. By 2002 the “Snake” had already grown to a length of 190 motorcyclists!

While all this is happening a Mangusta helicopter, the latest helicopter deployed by the Italian armed forces will hover in the skies above the circuit. A team of parachutists will then drop from an incredible height and land with pinpoint precision right in the middle of the circuit.

To register your own participation and to obtain the latest, most complete events programme, visit the WDW2004 website at . Every evening, the STAGE will host shows and concerts to keep all WDW2004 participants happily entertained. Event sponsor: Regione Emilia Romagna, Alice, FILA, AMD, Danese, Shell
Advance, Grembo, Adler, Alfa Romeo, Malaguti, Ventaglio.

Founded in 1926, Ducati builds racing-inspired motorcycles characterized by
unique engine features, innovative design, advanced engineering and overall
technical excellence. Ducati has won eleven of the last thirteen World
Superbike Championship titles and more individual victories than the
competition put together. The Company produces motorcycles in five market
segments which vary in their technical and design features and intended
customers: Superbike, Supersport; Monster, Sport Touring and Multistrada.
The Company’s motorcycles are sold in more than 40 countries worldwide, with
a primary focus in the Western European and North American markets. For more
information about the Company, please visit our web site at

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Loris Capirossi Calls In
April 23rd 2004 …We know that we have a long way to go to be ready for this championship. We have already thought of many things, but the bikes will arrive at Jerez straight from South Africa…in Ducati Corse at Borgo Panigale they are working really hard…”.

The weekend at Welkom was not too bad, everything considered. We started out rather well in practice, although clearly, the bike is not 100% yet and we had to struggle a bit. It’s still quite “nervous” and we’re working hard to make it easier to tame, but as far as I’m concerned, I think that I won my own race in the end: we started out with many problems and I did all that I could to do a good race, from the first lap to the last. During practice, we had worked to achieve consistency over the race distance. We knew we couldn’t be as fast as the leaders but we didn’t do too bad, in the end, so it was a good race.

We know that we have a long way to go to be ready for this championship. We have already thought of many things, but the bikes will arrive at Jerez straight from South Africa so there’s not much we can change there. I know that in Ducati Corse at Borgo Panigale they are working really hard, and we’ll certainly have some new parts next time.

At last, flying back from Welkom, I found some nice weather here in Monaco, too, so I’ve been training every day as usual to prepare for a long, tough championship… however, I feel very positive.

Before Jerez I’ll be a guest star at a very popular TV show on state television in Italy, “Quelli che il calcio”, next Sunday, and then, I’ll be flying to Spain. Jerez is a track that I like very much. Last year I was on pole position there, so let’s try and be successful this year too!!
See you soon,

British Superbike Championship - Suzuki Dominates at Snetterton
Great Britain, April 26th - Team Suzuki riders Kagayama and John Renolds traded race wins aboard their Suzuki GSXR1000s at the Snetterton Round of the British Superbike Championship this weekend.Honda's John Rutter traded 3rd and 2nd podium spots in the two races with his CBR1000RR.
Ducati 999 mounted Sean Emmett followed up a hard fought fourth in the opening Superbike race with a battling rostrum in race two to move into third in the championship after three of the thirteen rounds.

"Not a bad day I suppose," summarised the 34 year old Emmett from Weybridge. "The four cylinder machines seemed to dominate here with their speed which we thought may happen. Also, still having an injury to my finger doesn't help especially with not really having a break between now and Oulton Park. This weekend was a damage limitation exercise but obviously there's still a long way to go. This circuit is one of the weakest ones for us all year but you're never going to be able to compete with the four cylinder machines on speed but wait until we get to some of the more technical circuits the twin will come into its own and I will get my pay back."

Team owner Paul Bird was happy enough with his riders' performances: "That was a good day and we had three good finishes. We knew this wasn't going to be a track for the Superbike and we had to make the best of a bad job, especially with Sean riding injured. We will go to Oulton Park next week which should hopefully suit the Ducati more. Michael's result was excellent and we knew it was going to happen shortly. He has shown that he is world class, coming from way down on the first lap and he rode probably the best race of his career."

-MonsterMob Ducati rider Michael Laverty leads the British Supersport Championship after taking his Ducati 749R to its first Victory in the national series at Snetterton yesterday. Sean Emmett finished 4th and 3rd to move up to 3rd in the British Superbike Championship aboard his MonsterMob 999.

Laverty’s lead in the championship came after a superb debut victory aboard the 749 after a race long battle had seen him move from 11th in the opening stages. The 22 year old Toomebridge, Northern Ireland rider snatched the lead with three laps to go but the race was red-flagged a lap short after an accident. However, Laverty was in the lead when the race was stopped and as a result took his second victory in three years at the Norfolk circuit:

"I had an awful first lap and dropped back to 11th but I rode a steady race and picked them off one by one as I didn't want to try too hard early on. I never thought I would get through to the front but I was strong at the end of the race. The bike was brilliant and the tyres were good and it all just worked out for me" said a delighted Laverty.

Superbike Race 1
1. Kagayama (Suzuki)
2. Reynolds (Suzuki)
3. Rutter (Honda)
4. Emmett (Ducati)
5. Smart (Kawasaki)
6. Thomas (Ducati)
7. Kiyonari (Honda)
8. Hill (Yamaha)
9. Richards (Kawasaki)
10. Haydon (Ducati)

Superbike Race 2
1. Reynolds (Suzuki)
2. Rutter (Honda)
3. Emmett (Ducati)
4. Kagayama (Suzuki)
5. Thomas (Ducati)
6. Smart (Kawasaki)
7. Richards (Kawasaki)
8. Plater (Yamaha)
9. Kiyonari (Honda)
10. Hill (Yamaha)

Superbike Standings
1. Reynolds (Suzuki) - 127
2. Rutter (Honda) - 117
3. Kagayama (Suzuki) - 78
4. Emmett (Ducati) - 78
5. Kiyonari (Honda) - 76
6. Smart (Kawasaki) - 68
7. Thomas (Ducati) - 48
8. Hill (Yamaha) - 40
9. Richards (Kawasaki) - 33
10. Mason (Yamaha) - 32

Supersport Race
1. Laverty (Ducati)
2. Harris (Honda)
3. Riba (Kawasaki)
4. Quigley (Suzuki)
5. Andrews (Yamaha)
6. Vincent (Honda)
7. Sykes (Suzuki)
8. Coates (Suzuki)
9. Jones (Triumph)
10. LLewellyn (Ducati)

Supersport Standings
1. Laverty (Ducati) - 51
2. Harris (Honda) - 45
3. Vincent (Honda) - 43
4. Riba (Kawasaki) - 42
5. Quigley (Suzuki) - 38
6. Jones (Triumph) - 27
7. Andrews (Yamaha) - 27
8. Murphy (Honda) - 19
9. Coates (Suzuki) - 15
10. Sykes (Suzuki) - 15

The 749R Supersport, which was unveiled to the international press at Valencia at the end of February during the presentation of the 749R streetbike and from which the racing version is derived, is already achieving considerable success on the track.

After three rounds of the World Supersport Championship, one of the most hard-fought and prestigious of all time with the presence of all four Japanese manufacturers together with Ducati, the Ducati Breil rider Lorenzo Lanzi has already obtained positive results. The 22-year-old Italian from the province of Romagna has scored two top 6 finishes, at Valencia (fourth) and Misano (sixth).

Michael Laverty’s British Supersport win on a 749R for Paul Bird’s MonsterMob team is a clear indication that the project is on the right track. Laverty moved into the lead of the British Supersport Championship after a superb victory on the 749R at Snetterton on Sunday. He becomes the first rider to take Ducati’s all-new 749R to a win in the Supersport category. His victory came at the end of a superb fight-back through the field after he finished the first lap in eleventh place.

Development work on the new bike will continue on an Italian and international level, starting with the next appointments for Lorenzo Lanzi with the 749R Breil: round 2 of the Italian Supersport Championship scheduled for May 9 at the Imola circuit, and then in round 4 of the World Championship series the following weekend at the Autodromo di Monza.

Janet Jackson's Superbowl Exposure cancels Howard Stern, Victoria's Secret TV Show
April 14th - The over reaction by the US federal government agency the FCC (Federal Communication Commission) to Janet Jackson exposing her breast during the Superbowl Halftime Show a few months ago continues to impact the rest of broadcasting and creates an enviroment that represses the freedom of expression on which our country was founded.

Rather than fineing or charging Janet jackson for her act of "indecent exposure; the FCC fined the unwitting broadcast company CBS some $250,000.

Now in an over reaction to not wanting to broadact what might be perceived as obscene content and be fined for it, Clear Channel radio has dropped the Howard Stern Radio Show from all the radio stations which it owns across America. And now this week, Victoria's Secret has announced it will no longer air its highly popular annual Victoria's Secret fashion Show on national broadcast television because of potentially being fined by the FCC. Hoperfully Victoria's Secret will movie to pay TV like HBO or the Showtime networks where attractive women and explicit languare are more exceptable.

What's next on the government's hit list, pinup calendars and motorcycles? It's time to write your Congressmen and Senators and tell them you want your freedoms left alonem as they are your elected representatives.

Bologna, Italy, April 22, 2004 - Ducati Motor Holding S.p.A. (NYSE: DMH and Borsa Italiana S.p.A: DMH), a leading manufacturer of high performance motorcycles, in response to news recently published in the press, today confirmed – as it has done in the past - its interest in Moto Guzzi.
At the end of the due diligence process, Ducati will formally make an offer in the next few weeks. Any additional information published in the press is without foundation.

Founded in 1926, Ducati builds racing-inspired motorcycles characterized by
unique engine features, innovative design, advanced engineering and overall
technical excellence. Ducati has won twelve of the last fourteen World Superbike Championship titles and more individual victories than the competition put together. The Company produces motorcycles in five market segments which vary in their technical and design features and intended
customers: Superbike, Supersport, Monster, Sport Touring and Multistrada.
The Company's motorcycles are sold in more than 40 countries worldwide, with a primary focus in the Western European and North American markets. For more information about the Company, please visit their web site at

JULY21- 25, 2004.

Participants can test their riding skills and endurance on the demanding mountain roads of Italy and France. Organized by Dream Engine, Ducati Motor is the main sponsor of the event for the second consecutive year.
Bologna, April 2004. Following the success of the 2003 edition, Dream Engine and Ducati are excited to announce the second edition of CENTOPASSI –the extreme two wheeled adventure tailored for passionate motorcyclists who want to test their driving skills, push their endurance on some of the most demanding roads and mountain passes, and have a great time.
While last year’s route ran long and wide through the eastern alpine region of Italy, this summer’s itinerary runs along the opposite side—swerving over the western border of Italy, in and out of France. The itinerary sweeps through exquisite alpine locations along enjoyable roads.

The 5-day event will depart from Côte d’Azur (France) on the 21st of July, and the route will take participants through the towns of Sospe (FR), Limone Piemonte (IT), Barcelonette (FR), Cesana Torinese (Piedmonte, IT), Albertville (FR), l’Alpe d’Huez (FR), and Morgex (Vallle d’Aosta, IT), finishing in the Italian town of Saint Vincent (Vallle d’Aosta, IT) on the 25th July.

The 2004 CENTOPASSI has been designed to challenge riders even more than the
2003 edition. Each leg has been carefully studied to render the route more captivating and entertaining than ever. As in 2003, the event is open to motorbikes of all brands and all years and the participation categories – Competition and Iron Biker – are characterized as follows:

Competition Class
Participants may choose to take part individually or as part of a team of 5 riders. They will ride an estimated 300/400 kilometres per day, covering numerous mountain passes.

Although CENTOPASSI is not a test of speed, participants are requested to ride a very demanding route, designed for experienced riders. Each day, riders in this class will be subjected to ability tests to evaluate their riding skills and motorcycle performance.

Iron Biker Class
This class is for those riders who prefer a non-competitive experience, taking in the stunning scenery, historic villages and overall flavour of the Italian and French mountain experience. Expert motorcycle guides from the Curve&Tornanti Team will accompany this group, offering tips on mountain riding.

The limit of participants for the Competition Class is fixed at 140 riders, whilst there is no number limit for the Iron Biker Class.
Again this year, the motorcyclist who proves to be the best overall rider in the Competition Class will be awarded a Ducati Multistrada during the prize giving ceremony held on the last night of the event. Ducati Motor for the second consecutive year is the main sponsor of

The Multistrada Challenge celebrates the versatility of the company’s recently launched best selling bike, the Multistrada—a bike designed by the Bologna based motorbike manufacturer to confront every possible road condition, from tortuous mountain curves, to highspeed highways and traffic filled urban centers. Superga, the specialist sports shoes and clothing company, has recently confirmed that it will be technical sponsor, providing clothing for staff and participants and in doing so linking itself to the excitement and challenging spirit of the event. Centopassi is also made possible by the support of APT Servizi – Emilia Romagna Tourist Board.

For general information on CENTOPASSI:
Dream Engine
Via Saffi, 4
40131 Bologna
Tel. +39 051 6494793
Fax +39 051 5286378