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Long Beach, CA, July 17-18th, 2004 -The Los Angeles Calendar Motorcycle Show Weekend presented by Performance Machine and the FastDates.com Calendars and Website at the Queen Mary Event Park in Long Beach, CA, continued to grow as the most popular consumer street bike show in America catering to custom, cruiser, classic and sportbike enthusiasts. Always the 3rd weekend of July, this year’s show featured a incredible weekend of activities and our first ever sold out participation by 165 major motorcycle and product manufacturers, exhibitors and venders, leading custom bike builders from across the world, together with a 2-day jam-packed crowd of motorcycle enthusiasts. Spectator attendance was estimated to be larger than this year's Laguna Seca World Superbike and AMA California Speedway race weekends combined, confirming the LA Calendar Bike Show as the biggest streetbike event weekend in America.

The Show weekend included an incredible lineup of activities including the Jardine Performance West Coast Horsepower Dyno Shootout - now an exclusive feature attraction at the Show. In a stunning climax on Sunday afternoon to an already record-breaking weekend at the Show, JE Pistons' John Noonan on his Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa land speed bike obliterated the existing North American record for horsepower registered at a Dyno Shoot-Out on Sunday at 545hp, Noonan surpassed the current world record by 31 hp!

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Significant Engine and Suspension Updates for 2005
Ducati 999R jumps by 11hp to 150hp
with its new AMA Homologation Production Bike

July 8th - Ducati's World Superbike homologation model 999R gets some significant updates for the new 2005 model already arriving in American Ducati dealer showrooms as you read this. The most important changes are inside the engine where you'll never see them and include titanium valves, a slightly redesigned components in the desmodromic valve train, different camshaft profiles with higher lift to take advantage of the lighter Ti vales, and a redesinded crankshaft.The result is an even wider powerband at even lower RPM for the 999cc V-Twin which also sees a 11peak hp increase at just 9750rpm, compared to the previous 2003/04 model 999R. Engine redline and ignition cutoff remains at 11,000rpm.

In the chassis deparment the most visible changes are the red painted frame (instead of silver) to match the factory Corse superbikes., the new stamped aluminum rear swingarm that's stronger and lighter like on the team Corse bikes, and the cleaner looking front fairing without the upper air slots. The Ohlins suspension sees some revisions as well with changes to the compression adjustment on the back shock no longer affecting rebound as well (we thought they were separate, before!). The front forks get smaller diamer internal springs inside plastic instead of metal sleeves to reduce weight and oil contamination.

The new 2005 999R does save you a little money as well. The R model now comes to the American market without them Termignoni Race Silencer and CPU kit that was previously packaged in the crate with the 2003-2004 R model bikes, nor the swingarm stand and bike cover. This drops the retail price some $2,000 from $32,000 previously, down to $29,995 for the new 999R05.

Should you still need more power and looks you will be able to purcase separately from Ducati Performance the Termignoni Slip-on Silencer with CPUupgrade Kit (est $1,200 and 7% hp increase), or a complete Stainless Steel ($2,400) or Titanium ($3,200) larger diameter Race Exhaust System (10-15% hp increase) good for160-170hp when you're done. This was factory World Superbike race winning horsepower just 4 years ago - and you'll be getting it with a streetbike running "low compression" 12.45:1 on 91 Octane pump gas!

Ducati USA has 300 of the new 999R05's ordered and being delivered now for the American market. They admit this is a bigger number of R models then they've been able to sell in past years, but they feel with the price reduction and the return to AMA Superbike racing with Eric Bostrom on the Ducati Austin team there should be enough of a demand to sell out quickly.

Our only criticism on an otherwise incredible bike is the new red painted frame is a little to much red on a plain red bike, and we would have prefered they stayed with the silver frame to give the bike more definition, but it was certainly the case of trying to make the R model look like the factory bikes for your extra money. See how the R would look with a silver frame, below, with our 999S Project Bike. Which do you like better?

Look for FastDates.com first world test of the new 999R05 in about 6 weeks.
For complete details and more pictures of the new Ducati 999R05 go to New Sportbike Index

Below, our 2003 model 999S FastDates.com Project Bike was built 12 months ago and featured a carbon fibre front race fairing without the upper air slots, and a full Termignoni Ti Racing Exhaust System with CPU upgrade for 145-150hp just like the new 999R05. Was the Ducati factory watching us? Carbon fibre BST wheels also helped reduce weight some 30 lbs total from stock. For complete details our building theFastDates.com Ducati 999 Project Bike go to Paddock Garage

MotoGP World Championship , German Grand Prix, Sachsenring, Round 8
Weather: Bright Sun, 36’c Track: 44’c, Attendance: 93000

Battling Max Biaggi Fights His Way into the Title Chase

Sachsenring, Germany July 16-18th - A sun-soaked 93,000 crowd watched majestic Max Biaggi (Camel Honda RC211V) catapult himself right into World Championship title contention with a crucial first win of the season here in Saxony in eastern Germany. The Roman maestro beat Alex Barros (Repsol Honda RC211V) into second and Nicky Hayden (Repsol Honda RC211V) was third.

Sete Gibernau (Telefonica Movistar Honda RC211V), the man who shared the lead in the overall World Championship points standings going into this the eighth race of the 16-round season, crashed out of the race on lap nine. His title rival Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) finished fourth.
With track temperatures eight degrees higher than even the scorching 36 degrees of yesterday, most riders opted for medium compound tyres front and rear. But grip was again a supremely rare commodity today and it was the men who had the set-up to hook up the rear tyres of their 230bhp MotoGP machines in the closing stages who made the running.

Max started from pole but Rossi dived inside him on the way down from the double left-handed hill turns to lead the first lap momentarily before Max got him back two turns later to lead the pack over the line.
Gibernau was on the move to third by lap two and it looked like the three main contenders for the World Championship would be fighting it out at the front until Carlos Checa (Yamaha) joined them by lap four and then overtook Gibernau for third on lap five before crashing out on the same lap moments later.
Nicky Hayden meanwhile was making a meteoric charge through the field. He started from ninth on the grid and was only in 12th place on lap one. He was fifth by lap seven and then third by lap ten. Then Barros relieved him of third and began closing on Biaggi who led with Rossi in close attention.

By this stage Gibernau had crashed out for his second DNF in a row. Rossi’s pitboard informed his of this and on lap 16 Rossi made a move past Biaggi with the prospect of a 25 point haul in sight for a win.
But with more than two thirds of race distance completed Rossi’s tyres had had enough and Max re-took the lead on lap 22. Rossi was in trouble and a lap later Barros relegated him to third. Before another two laps had been run, Hayden took the reigning champ for third and Rossi looked in no shape to mount a challenge.
Barros wanted a win though and he hounded Biaggi in the final few laps to finish second by just 0.349 seconds with Hayden third 4.293 seconds adrift of the victor.

There was action all the way down the field with seven riders crashing out. Both Ducati riders crashed, three Yamaha men went down and as well as Gibernau, one Proton crashed and another failed to finish.

Max was delighted with his win that takes him to within one point of current World Championship leader Rossi. “A fantastic weekend,” he said. “My Honda was incredible and this was great time to close the gap in the Championship. We worked hard on suspension set-up this morning for the last part of the race and even when Valentino passed me I knew I had the right set-up to be able to get back at him as soon as he made a mistake.”

“ I’m obviously delighted, these 25 points change the standings and they fire us into an important second half of the season, which should be very hard fought. For this reason it’s better to keep our feet on the ground and to continue to work as we have done so far. The bike is improving, the relationship with the team is unbeatable and with both Honda and Michelin we are working superbly.”

Barros said, “The race went very well. I made contact with Sete at the start and lost a few places, then I got it together and went after a win. The new exhaust system helped a lot in the slower turns with traction and this is now the first race where I really had a chance to go for a win.”
Hayden was equally positive about his German experience. “There’s more to come,” he said. “I rode hard for the whole race and Alex came past and pulled me though to the front group. I really worked my tyres at the end of the race and I had to keep it together with Rossi behind me – not the sort of guy you want behind you at the end of a race.”

Colin Edwards (Telefonica Movistar Honda RC211V) rode a strong race for fifth and said, “We found some more from the bike in morning warm-up and that was great. I got a good start and worked on taking places at every opportunity. From lap three the front started sliding and that was a bit uncomfortable in turns five, six and seven. But a fifth-place finish from the fourth row of the grid has to be okay for now.”

Makoto Tamada (Camel Honda RC211V) riding on Bridgestone tyres finished sixth. “I tried to make a few places where I could and I had a good dice with Colin Edwards – he was good on the brakes and I just couldn’t make it past him. I also had a bit of vibration from the rear which needs looking at, but I like this track now.”
On this tight track, the 250cc race was expected to be a close-fought affair, but no one reckoned on the utter domination shown by winner Danny Pedrosa (Telefonica Movistar Junior Team RS250RW) who strolled to his third win of the season. Sebastian Porto (Aprilia) was second and Alex de Angelis (Aprilia) third.

250cc GP to Pedosa
One of the sensations of the race was rookie Hiroshi Aoyama (Telefonica Movistar Junior Team RS250RW) who started from the third row of the grid in 12th and muscled his way to an eventual fourth – just 0.364 seconds shy of what would have been his first podium finish.

Roberto Rolfo (Fortuna Honda RS250RW) was the early leader with Porto tucked tight beside him as the first lap unfolded. Pedrosa held third and on lap two, the young Spanish star who had already motored past Porto, stole past Rolfo, who eventually finished sixth, for the lead.

He was never troubled and extended the margin between himself and the forlorn pursuer Porto to 4.2 seconds at the flag. The gap had been as high as six seconds before Pedrosa eased off slightly to safeguard this valuable points haul – his third win of the season.

“I knew I’d have to go hard at the beginning,” said Pedrosa. “And I just tried to stretch my lead as much as possible until I knew I could get to the finish without pushing too hard. The whole team really did an excellent job here.”

Randy de Puniet (Aprilia), Pedrosa’s current main rival for the World Championship finished fifth and the overall points standings now show Pedrosa out in front with 155, de Puniet on 130 and Porto third with 108.

MotoGP Race :
(30 laps = 110.13 km) Pos/ Rider / Nat / Team / Motorcycle / Time/ KM/H
1 / Max BIAGGI / ITA / Camel Honda / HONDA / 42'23.287 / 155.888
2 / Alex BARROS / BRA / Repsol Honda Team / HONDA / 42'23.636 / 155.866
3 / Nicky HAYDEN / USA / Repsol Honda Team / HONDA / 42'27.580 / 155.625
4 / Valentino ROSSI / ITA / Gauloises Fortuna Yamaha / YAMAHA / 42'27.787 / 155.612
5 / Colin EDWARDS / USA / Telefonica Movistar Honda Mot / HONDA / 42'39.424 / 154.905
6 / Makoto TAMADA / JPN / Camel Honda / HONDA / 42'39.769 / 154.884
7 / Shinya NAKANO / JPN / Kawasaki Racing Team / KAWASAKI / 42'41.764 / 154.763
8 / Kenny ROBERTS / USA / Team Suzuki MotoGP / SUZUKI / 42'46.622 / 154.470
9 / John HOPKINS / USA / Team Suzuki MotoGP / SUZUKI / 42'53.992 / 154.028
10 / Alex HOFMANN / GER / Kawasaki Racing Team / KAWASAKI / 43'03.827 / 153.442
11 / Ruben XAUS / SPA / D'Antin MotoGP / DUCATI / 43'06.999 / 153.254
12 / Jeremy McWILLIAMS / GBR / MS Aprilia Racing / APRILIA / 43'16.078 / 152.718
13 / Neil HODGSON / GBR / D'Antin MotoGP / DUCATI / 43'16.977 / 152.665
14 / Shane BYRNE / GBR / MS Aprilia Racing / APRILIA / 43'36.502 / 151.525
15 / Michel FABRIZIO / ITA / WCM / HARRIS WCM / 43'43.337 / 151.131
Fastest Lap: Alex BARROS 1'24.056 157.223 Km/h Lap 15

World Championship Positions:
1 ROSSI 139, 2 BIAGGI 138, 3 GIBERNAU 126, 4 BARROS 79, 5 EDWARDS 75,
6 HAYDEN 70, 7 CHECA 62, 8 MELANDRI 57, 9 CAPIROSSI 55, 10 TAMADA 54,
11 XAUS 41, 12 ABE 41, 13 NAKANO 36, 14 ROBERTS 29, 15 HOFMANN 24.250cc

Race Classification 250cc: (29 laps = 106.459 km) Pos / Rider / Nat / Team / Motorcycle / Time / KM / H
1 / Daniel PEDROSA / SPA / Telefonica Movistar Honda 250 / HONDA / 41'37.239 / 153.470
2 / Sebastian PORTO / ARG / Repsol - Aspar Team 250cc / APRILIA / 41'41.518 / 153.207
3 / Alex DE ANGELIS / RSM / Aprilia Racing / APRILIA / 41'53.642 / 152.468
4 / Hiroshi AOYAMA / JPN / Telefonica Movistar Honda 250 / HONDA / 41'54.008 / 152.446
5 / Randy DE PUNIET / FRA / Safilo Carrera - LCR / APRILIA / 41'54.205 / 152.434
6 / Roberto ROLFO / ITA / Fortuna Honda / HONDA / 41'55.374 / 152.363
7 / Anthony WEST / AUS / Freesoul Abruzzo Racing Team / APRILIA / 42'09.380 / 151.520
8 / Fonsi NIETO / SPA / Repsol - Aspar Team 250cc / APRILIA / 42'10.005 / 151.482
9 / Franco BATTAINI / ITA / Campetella Racing / APRILIA / 42'14.965 / 151.186
10 / Sylvain GUINTOLI / FRA / Campetella Racing / APRILIA / 42'15.327 / 151.164
11 / Alex DEBON / SPA / Wurth Honda BQR / HONDA / 42'28.021 / 150.411
12 / Chaz DAVIES / GBR / Aprilia Racing / APRILIA / 42'28.173 / 150.402
13 / Joan OLIVE / SPA / Campetella Racing / APRILIA / 42'38.185 / 149.814
14 / Eric BATAILLE / FRA / Wurth Honda BQR / HONDA / 42'39.649 / 149.728
15 / Jakub SMRZ / CZE / Molenaar Racing / HONDA / 42'39.766 / 149.721
Fastest Lap: Sebastian PORTO 1'25.118 155.262 Km/h Lap 4

Championship Positions:
1 PEDROSA 155, 2 DE PUNIET 130, 3 PORTO 108, 4 ELIAS 86, 5 NIETO 83,
6 DE ANGELIS 80, 7 ROLFO 67, 8 AOYAMA 64, 9 POGGIALI 63, 10 WEST 55,
11 DEBON 53, 12 BATTAINI 37, 13 GUINTOLI 23, 14 MATSUDO 15, 15 BALDOLINI 15.125cc:

Race Classification 125cc: (27 laps = 99.117 km) Pos / Rider / Nat / Team / Motorcycle / Time / KM / H
1 / Roberto LOCATELLI / ITA / Safilo Carrera - LCR / APRILIA / 40'03.511 / 148.458
2 / Hector BARBERA / SPA / Seedorf Racing / APRILIA / 40'03.676 / 148.448
3 / Pablo NIETO / SPA / Master - Repsol Team 125cc / APRILIA / 40'04.217 / 148.414
4 / Andrea DOVIZIOSO / ITA / Kopron Team Scot / HONDA / 40'04.226 / 148.414
5 / Mika KALLIO / FIN / Red Bull KTM / KTM / 40'04.584 / 148.392
6 / Jorge LORENZO / SPA / Caja Madrid Derbi Racing / DERBI / 40'04.687 / 148.385
7 / Alvaro BAUTISTA / SPA / Seedorf Racing / APRILIA / 40'04.794 / 148.379
8 / Mirko GIANSANTI / ITA / Matteoni Racing / APRILIA / 40'04.970 / 148.368
9 / Julian SIMON / SPA / Angaia Racing / HONDA / 40'13.147 / 147.865
10 / Marco SIMONCELLI / ITA / Rauch Bravo / APRILIA / 40'15.332 / 147.731
11 / Steve JENKNER / GER / Rauch Bravo / APRILIA / 40'21.478 / 147.356
12 / Simone CORSI / ITA / Kopron Team Scot / HONDA / 40'23.818 / 147.214
13 / Gioele PELLINO / ITA / Abruzzo Racing Team / APRILIA / 40'35.309 / 146.519
14 / Sergio GADEA / SPA / Master - Repsol Team 125cc / APRILIA / 40'35.438 / 146.512
15 / Stefano PERUGINI / ITA / Metis Gilera Racing Team / GILERA / 40'41.067 / 146.174
Fastest Lap : Hector BARBERA 1'27.680 150.725 Km/h Lap 3

Championship Positions:
1 DOVIZIOSO 138, 2 LOCATELLI 131, 3 BARBERA 129, 4 STONER 104, 5 NIETO 88,
11 BAUTISTA 40, 12 PASINI 31, 13 DI MEGLIO 27, 14 SIMON 24, 15 BORSOI 22.

Five Former Winners slated to race Mid-Ohio’s Honda Super Cycle Weekend
PICKERINGTON, Ohio (July 16, 2004) – Five former Mid-Ohio Superbike winners are slated to take to the track as the AMA Chevrolet Superbike Championship comes to Lexington, Ohio, for the doubleheader Honda Super Cycle Weekend presented by Dunlop Tire on July 23-25. The races are rounds 13 and 14 of the 18-race championship. Defending race winner Mat Mladin, of Yoshimura Suzuki, leads the series holding a 10-point lead over Honda’s Miguel Duhamel. Erion Racing Honda’s rookie factory rider Jake Zemke is a close third in the standings.

Joining Mladin and Duhamel as former Mid-Ohio Superbike winners are Aaron Yates, Eric Bostrom and Pascal Picotte. All five of these AMA Superbike stars have raised the Mid-Ohio Superbike winners’ trophy. Three riders - Mladin, Yates and Doug Chandler - in the 21-year history of Mid-Ohio Superbike racing have won three races at the famous road racing circuit. Mladin, Yates and Duhamel will all vie to become the first four or perhaps five-time Mid-Ohio Superbike winner at the doubleheader.

The series this season has been one of the most competitive in years. Five riders have won this year representing three brands of motorcycles. Mladin not only holds the points lead, but also leads the way with five victories to this point in the series. Duhamel has four wins, while Zemke, Eric and Ben Bostrom have all earned a single win so far this year. Mladin feels good about the upcoming doubleheader after turning in the fastest time in testing at Mid-Ohio a few weeks ago.

“Testing went pretty well for us at Mid-Ohio,” said Mladin, the four-time AMA Superbike champ. “We were pleased with the lap times we were able to put in with race tires. We need a couple of wins. That’s all that will be acceptable.”

In Monterey, Calif., a week and a half ago Mladin and his Yoshimura Suzuki seemed to stem the tide of the fast improving Hondas of Duhamel and Zemke. He looked to have the Laguna Seca race sewn up before a red flag came out and stopped the action. On the restart Mladin moved up and made a serious last-lap bid for the win, but came up just short of former World Superbike star Ben Bostrom.

“The story that hasn’t been told enough is that Honda has a motorcycle that’s suited well to the 2004 AMA Superbike rules,” Mladin claims. “When you get to a track like Mid-Ohio, we’re hoping that hard riding and a good motor bike set up on our Suzuki will allow us to make up in different parts of the race track to have a chance to go for the win. We have a close championship and I need to win some races.”

While the primary story between Duhamel and Mladin is the championship battle, the two have also traded the lead on the all-time AMA Superbike wins this season. Mladin took the honor from Duhamel, who held the title since 1998. Then Duhamel’s mid-season surge gave him back the all-time wins stat. Coming into Mid-Ohio Duhamel has 30 AMA Superbike wins to Mladin’s 29. Those numbers could easily change over the course of the doubleheader weekend.

Additionally, Honda holds the all-time Mid-Ohio Superbike win record with nine victories. Suzuki has eight and if Mladin is successful he could make his manufacturer the all-time wins leader for the Mid-Ohio race.
Making a strong surge at the last round of the series was Ben Bostrom. Bostrom finally earned his first win since returning from a successful three-year run in the World Superbike Series that ended in 2002.
"We're back and we're racing again, racing for the win,” said a rejuvenated Bostrom. “I had problems beginning back at Daytona when I had an ear infection. It really affected my balance for a long time. It feels so good to get back on the top of the podium again.”

When asked how he felt about some people losing faith in his riding. “They had every right to,” Bostrom explained. “I’m riding on the best bike on the best team and I should have produced better results than I did. Hopefully everything will turn around now. I’m not racing for the championship so I’m just going out there to win races.”

Bostrom did something former World Superbike standouts Scott Russell, Fred Merkel, Doug Polen and John Kocinski were never able to accomplish and that’s win an AMA Superbike race upon returning to AMA racing after their world championship stints.

Ben’s younger brother Eric won at Mid-Ohio in 2002 and he is hoping to put his Ducati Austin machine atop the podium this year. Bostrom will try to give Ducati only its second win at Mid-Ohio. Doug Polen earned a victory for the Italian maker at Mid-Ohio in 1992.


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AMA Chevrolet Superbike Championship, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Lexington, Ohio - Sunday, July 25 (Race 1) 2-3 p.m. SPEED Channel

AMA Chevrolet Superbike Championship, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Lexington, Ohio - Sunday, July 25 (Race 2) 3-4 p.m. SPEED Channel

Preview Donington Park
Preview British Grand Prix, July 23, 24, 25, 2004

Max Biaggi (Camel Honda RC211V) goes into this the ninth round of the 16-race World Championship off the back of a convincing win in Germany last weekend. The Italian ace is now just one point behind reigning World Champion Valnetino Rossi (Yamaha) as these fierce rivals take the fight to Donington Park.

Rossi sits on 139 points to Biaggi’s 138 with Spanish contender Sete Gibernau (Telefonica Movistar Honda RC211V) on 126 after he failed to score in Germany when he crashed on lap eight at the Sachsenring. But he has scored two wins already this season and is more than capable of re-establishing himself in the title reckoning.

As the halfway point of the season has been reached it looks as if the riders adrift of the three title leaders have too much to do to get back on terms – but this season still looks as if there a few more twists and turns still to come. And although Alex Barros (Repsol Honda RC211V) on 79 points, Colin Edwards (Telefonica Movistar Honda RC211V) on 75 and Nicky Hayden (Repsol Honda RC211V) on 70 look too far away from the leaders – they still can’t be ruled out.

Donington usually provides an eventful race and with the track completely resurfaced for 2004, better grip should see lap records destroyed in all classes provided the unreliable British weather doesn’t conspire to provide wet conditions.
A great many riders have a great deal of affection for Donington Park. It’s a track that rewards riders who relish fast, open, sweeping turns. And even if the slightly stilted Melbourne Loop section of the track spoils the rhythm and flow, it still provides drama as riders endure three bouts of heavy braking towards the end of a lap.

But it’s the dramatic downhill Craner Curves that are the high point of a Donington lap. This section of the track requires bravery and inch-perfect commitment to a line and if a rider struggles to come to terms with these turns, a fast lap is but a distant hope.

There have been some spectacular crashes at Craner over the years which have wrecked both bikes and rider confidence. And this year with average speeds getting higher and higher, this section of the track will be more spectacular then ever.

Donington demands two main machine characteristics that are hard to provide simultaneously. Stability on the brakes and quick turn-in is required for the Esses and Melbourne Loop sections while perfect high-speed manners are needed for the other parts of this 4.023km track.

Some riders opt for stability in the knowledge that a fast lap time will be dictated by speed over the flowing first three-quarters of the track, others prefer to have a bike set up to perform well under braking where places can be won and lost on the final three turns. Good acceleration is also vital while top speed is less of an issue than at other tracks.
Max has won here twice on a 250 and once last year on his RC211V, although that was after Rossi had been awarded a ten-second penalty for overtaking under a yellow flag.

“We’re now in the second half of the season,” he said. “It will be very hard-fought so we’ll just keep our feet on the ground and continue to work as hard as we have been doing. The bike is improving all the time and the relationships within the team are unbeatable at the moment.”

Sete is putting his Sachsenring experience behind him and concentrating on performing well, “I like this tack because it is very demanding,” he said. “There are a lot of slopes, strong braking points, a slow part, a faster one and continuous ups and downs. Due to the characteristics of the track it is fundamental to find the perfect compromise with the bike. It cannot be to perfect for any one area but it must be well balanced for the entire track.”

Alex Barros said, “The bike has been getting better all year and at the Sachsenring we got near to getting the right result. The new exhaust made a real difference and Germany was the first race where I was able to ride hard all race and challenge for a win. At Donington it will be important to qualify well and ride with the leaders from the start. And although the points gap to the top three is big there are still lots of points available with eight races to go.

Hayden is upbeat and raring to get racing again. “It’s always the way that when you have a bad race you want to get back on the bike and get things sorted, and if you have a good race you want to carry on the momentum. Donington can’t come soon enough for me because we’re making real progress and we have to keep the pressure up before we break for summer.”
This race is a chance for Colin Edwards to recapture form. “I have nice memories of Donington,” he said. “I know this track well as I won some Superbike races here. I like the track and it has all the charm of a historic circuit. Also I can’t ignore the fact that everyone here speaks English, so I can talk to anyone, and this makes it almost feel like a home race for me.”

And Makoto Tamada (Camel Honda RC211V) riding on Bridgestone tyres is typically positive about his second visit to Donington. “We’ll do what we have to do to be on the pace as early as possible,” he said. “I’m ready to put everything into this weekend as usual.”

In the 250cc class Danny Pedrosa (Telefonica Movistar Junior Team RS250RW) heads Randy de Puniet (Aprilia) by 25 points after a resounding win in Germany last weekend. He has 155 points after three wins and five second places and will be keen to press home his advantage here in Britian.

Danny said, “This year they've re-laid the track so we'll see how the tyres perform and whether there is more or less grip. We have the holidays afterwards and I would like to leave with the best possible taste in my mouth. Hopefully everything goes as well as it did in Germany, a circuit where I had never previously had a good result but we ended that run. I don't want to arrive at Donington thinking about what happened last year, but think about all the good work we are doing this year and get the best possible result."Hiroshi Aoyama (Telefonica Movistar Junior Team Honda RS250RW) visits Donington after a fine fourth at the Sachsenring and although this will be his first visit to the track, he has every right to be confident as the weekend approaches.

“Donington is similar to Sachsenring in that there are ups and downs, as well as a slow and a fast section,” he said. “After the good result in Germany I'm looking forward to doing well here. I ended the last race really happy because as well as the progress we made over the course of the weekend, I was able to ride with more experienced riders and I felt comfortable with them.”

Roberto Rolfo is ready to ride and said, “The Donington Park track has a very flowing nature, you can find a good rhythm and can make up places by using slightly different lines if you are racing in a group, not like the Sachsenring. The only place I might have problems is the last part of the circuit which is too tight and we will need to get the bike to steer into the corners better than it did at the Sachsenring.”

In the hard-fought 125cc class Andrea Dovizioso (Team Scot Honda RS125R) leads the title race from Roberto Locatelli (Aprilia). Dovizioso has 138 points to Locatelli’s 131 while Hector Barbera (Aprilia) is right on their tails with 129.
Said Dovizioso, “I really like racing at Donington Park, I prefer the long sweeping corners of Donington much more than tight tracks like Sachsenring. Last weekend I lost ground in the Championship and I need a podium finish on Sunday to find my momentum again.”


Bologna, Italy, July 7, 2004 Ducati Motor Holding S.p.A. (NYSE: DMH, Borsa Italiana S.p.A: DMH), a leading manufacturer of high performance motorcycles, has presented today an offer for the acquisition of the majority share of the Aprilia Group.
This offer intends to solve the recent financial crisis of Aprilia in order to re-establish its role as a leader, built up over years of hard work and successes in the two-wheel market.

This operation is based on the wish to promote the Italian two-wheel industry consolidation. This new group, first of its kind in Europe, would be able to compete successfully at a global level, thanks to the strengths and peculiarities of each single brand, scale economies and the technological excellence resulting from the combination of each companyís competencies.

"Ours is a long-term industrial project,î said Federico Minoli, Ducati Chairman and CEO. ìWe are not financial investors. We are moved by passion and we are dedicated to the success of Italian bikes worldwide. We are conscious that this success depends on respecting and enhancing the different identities of each single brand, each one directly linked with its products, its history and its territory, where manufacturing sites have to be kept. Technological competencies, the real asset of each company, could be better used in an integrated and coherent development plan that avoids duplication, and that concentrates its investment efforts on technology and innovation. All together these companies will have a great market penetration force, in particular abroad, realizing in the meantime important synergies in sales structures and distribution channels, as well as in purchasing and administrative structures. Our Ducati turn-around experience leaves us confident of the possibility of success and conscious of the responsabilities we are assuming versus an industry sector that has always proudly brought the Italian geniality and passion for the two-wheel industry to the world."

Founded in 1926, Ducati builds racing-inspired motorcycles characterized by unique engine features, innovative design, advanced engineering and overall technical excellence. 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 Companyís motorcycles are sold in more than 60 countries worldwide, with a primary focus in the Western European, Japan and North American markets. Ducati has won twelve of the last fourteen World Superbike Championship titles and more individual victories than the competition put together.

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July 16th - Jimmy Moore, who won back-to-back national SuperStock championships for Corona Extra Suzuki in 2001 and 2002, will return to AMA competition with the team. Jimmy, whose ambition to win a 3rd straight title was dashed in a freak Turn One incident at Brainerd in 2003, feels ready to resume racing. He'll rejoin the fray at Road Atlanta and race the Corona Extra Suzuki GSX-R1000 SuperStock bike in the final two rounds of AMA Championship racing. Jimmy said; “ I am really pleased to be back on Corona bikes. I feel strong enough to race at Mid-Ohio but don't want to come back until I'm 100 percent. If I wait until Road Atlanta, it'll give me almost two months of lifting weights and riding my dirt bike so I can be as ready as I've ever been!”

Needless to say, the Team's stoked to have the former champ heading back to Corona. Team principal Landers Sevier said; “We can’t wait to get Jimmy back on the bike. We’ve got a bunch of lost time to make up since Brainerd last year - Jimmy won a load of races for us before and we can do it again! Look for fireworks in Braselton, GA!

Look for Jimmy in the final four rounds of AMA Superbike as well. He wants all the track time he can get and both Road Atlanta and the final at V.I.R. are Superbike double-headers so he can get plenty of practice and back up to speed!