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FastDates.com July 2004
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Official Calendar of the SBK World Superbike Championship
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Laguna Seca 2004 SBK World and AMA National Superbike coverage
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SBK Fast Dates World Superbike & Team Ducati girl Andra Cobb

Meet our beautiful SBK World Superbike & official Ducati corse umbrella girls Miss Great Britain Nicki Lane, Andra Cobb, and "Rockin' Robin" Cunningham who is also Miss Harley-Davidson, Miss Texas, Miss Hawaiian Tropic International winner, and hostess of an upcoming new Rock Band Interview series on Fuse music TV!

See you at the LA Calendar Motorcycle Show July 17-18th!
Laguna Seca AMA National and SBK World Superbike July 9-11th

This is the busiest month of the year for FastDates.com as we attend the Superbike race weekend at Laguna Seca to cover all the action for Pit Lane News, shoot the next edition of the SBK World Superbike endorsed Fast Dates Race Bike Pinup Calendar, and our 3 beautiful Fast Dates girls Nicki, Andra and Robin serve as the official Team Ducati Corse umbrella girls for World Championship points leaders Regis Leconi and James Toseland, and Frankie Chili. plus in AMA Superbike for Eric Bostrom and Attack Kawasaki's Josh Hayes. Race Report

Then we jam back down to Southern California for our huge Los Angeles Calendar Motorcycle Show the July 17-18th weekend, the bigget custom and high performance streetbike show in America featuring over 160 major manufacturers and celebrity bike builders. If you love hot bikes and beautiful girls we invite you to join us for an incredible weekend of fun, partying, music and excitement....

The World's Top Custom & Race Bike Builders highlight
the LA Calendar Motorcycle Show Weekend July 17-18th!

Late Breaking News, July 14th: It's our biggest Show ever (up 15% over last year) featuring 156 Major Manufacturers and Bike Builders. Including the USA premier of the Poggipolini Group's NCR Racing Macchia Nera, Poggipolini DS1000 and Pier Frankie Chili's Laguna Seca World Superbikerace winning 1st & 2nd placing factory Ducati 998F02 in the Corona Beer Pavilion! Plus Miguel Duhamel's National Championship winning Honda CBR600RR Formula Xtreame racebike in the Jardine Performance Dyno Pavilion!

2004 LA Calendar Bike Show Event Map

Performance Machine Ups the Ante! Our Show's title sponsor adds a new $5,000 Best Performance Machine Equipped Bike Award to already the Richest Bike Show Contest in America!   Plus... classic chopper builder Zero Engineering from Japan!
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"Blind Date" casting. Russian Mail Order Brides. Incredible new chopper premiers from Motocreations.com and DreamcraftStudios.com. Meet Mikuni's "Explict Performance" girl Andra Cobb and the FastDates.com Calendar Angels for a Free Autographed Poster & our new 2005 Calendars! Extreme 19-yr old sportbike stunt girl JoJo Farmer. Two Day long Mini Blues and Mini Classic Rock Festivals with 6 different beautiful girl performers. The Jardine West Coast Dyno Horsepower Shootout! The Purrfact Angelz Vegas style show. The FastDates.com Calendar Model Search Pageant.
It's more Beautiful Girls than a train wreck at the Playboy Mansion between Miss America & Hawaiian Tropic pageant contestants! And did we mention zillions of hot bikes & beautiful girls?

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. Highling this year's Show is the biggest lineup of reknown celebrity builders from across America and around the world!

Mark Savory of MotoCreations.com will use the LA Calendar Show for the world premeir of his new line of Ducati based choppers.

FREE Iron & Lace Calendar Party and Seminars with Top Builders!
Two new Show activities this year will showcase some of America's leading custom bike builders who are featured in the Iron & Lace Calendar. Capitalizing on the popularity of custom bike building featured on national TV programs , spectators will be able to attend Iron & Lace Bike Builder's Seminars both days at the Show. Scheulded to be holding seminars are 2-time Performance Machine best of Show winner Jesse Rooke, Paul Yaffe, Cyril Huze, Russell Mitchell and Harold Pontarelli. Each celebrity builders will offer their own personal vision for building great bikes, discuss the techiniques used to build a Show winning custom, and answer questions from the audience.

The retro classic chopper style of Shinya Kimura is just one of the many celebrity builders featured.

Among the other top celebrity builders confirmed for this year's Show are Japan's Shinya Kimura from Zero Engineering with their famed retro choppers that have customers back ordered on a 4-year waiting list. You'll also meet many Discovery Channel featured builders including Mitch Bergeron, Don Chica and Mike Stafford, plus West Coast superstars Ron Simms and Mike Powers among the many builders who will be showcasing their latest rolling hardware. And currently scheduled to make a full day premier appearance just on Saturday is Dreamcaft Studios with their industry shattering hi-tech chopper which leaves for a follow-up premier to the world automotive press at the Pasadena Art Center of Design on Sunday. So both press and spectators will want to attend both days of the Show to be assured of not missing a thing!

Plus, on Saturday night the 17th there will be the Iron & Lace Calendar Builders Night Party beginning at 9pm on board the Queen Mary in the historic Observation Room Bar. Many of the top Iron & Lace Calendar bike buiders together with all the other top celebrity builders attending the Show weekend will be there, together with fans and the beautiful FastDates.com Calendar Angels featured in the Iron & Lace Calendar. Live musical entertainment will be provided at the party by the beautiful sister band Elle3.com.

On Saturday night from 9pm-1am the Bike Show will continue onboard the historic Queen Mary in the beautiful Observation Room Bar with the sister group Elle3.com (below) performing country pop at the Iron & Lace Calendar Builders' Party. Spectator admission to the LA Calendar Motorcycle Show and Blues Festival, including the Queen Mary and the Saturday Night Builder's Party is just $20 for the day, or $30 for a 2-day ticket.

And as always, the Show also features a huge weekend of activities with over 160 major motorcycle and product manufacturers, exhibitors and venders, together with the world's leading custom bike builders. There’s an incredible lineup of weekend activities including the Jardine Performance West Coast Horsepower Dyno Shootout, the Iron Works sponsored Olive Crest Children's Home Charity Ride-In, a special appearane by the Las Vexas Extremes stunt sportbike riding team featuring beautiful 19-year old stunt girl JoJo Farmer, the Purrfect Angelz all-girl stage show, and premier of the 2005 FastDates.com Calendars with the beautiful Calendar Angels, and free complimentary admission to the Queen Mary historic ocean liner.

OK guys, can you top this? JoJo dos the YoYo. Get her autographed video at the Show!

Huge Saturday Blues and Sunday Classic Rock Festivals featured at the Show
It's the biggest custom and high performance motorcycle show in America, and highlighting this year's Los Angeles Calendar Motorcycle Show 2-day weekend event July-17-18th is a day long Mini Blues Festival on Saturday the 17th, 12 noon to 8pm in the Queen Mary Event Park. Featured acts include the Southland's popular 2000lbs of Blues with special guests Lynwood Slim on hermonica and beautiful vocalist Taryn Donath. Other acts scheduled to appear throughout the afternoon and into the evening to fit the beautiful pinup calendar girl theme of the Show are Francesa & the Flames, Jill Sharpe, Mama's Boys with Lisa Cee, beautiful Huston Orkide, and Jessie Payo from Jessie and the Raindogs. Plus Elle3 may drop by as well before their appearance later in the evening at the big Iron & Lace Builders party aboard the Queen Mary.

On Sunday the music scene at the Show clicks into 6th gear with a classic Rock Festival featuring the unauthorized Rolling Stones from San Francisco, and beauitful Boudeeka doing her impressions of Janis Joplin and Tina Turner.

Jesse Payo

Lisa Cee

Huston Orkide

The Los Angeles Calendar Motorcycle Show is sponsored by Performance Machine, Jardine Performance, Corona Beer, Cycle Buys / Auto Buys / The Los Angeles Times, Iron Works magazine, Quick Throttle, Cycle Trader / Trader Publications and the FastDates.com Calendars.

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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.

Meet Mikuni's "Explict Performance" girl
Andra Cobb
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and meet our other
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Nicki is featured on the cover of
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LA Calendar Bike Show
Master of Cermonies!

Meet "Rockin' Robin" Cunningham

our SBK Fast Dates
Superbike Calendar Angel and Ducati Corse Umbrella Girl at 2004 Laguna Seca,
Miss Harley-Davidson,
Miss Texas, Miss Hawaiian Tropic International winner,
and hostess of an upcoming new Rock Band Interview series on Fuse music TV!

Rockin' Robin will blow your socks and shorts off all weekend long as our Hostess and Master of Ceremonies on stage for the Bike Show, and as we party into the wee hours of the night at the Iron & Lace Calendar Saturday Night Builders Party on board the Queen Mary!
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German Grand Prix Preview July 16,17,18, 2003

After a riveting Rio Grand Prix two weeks ago where mighty Makoto Tamada (Camel Honda RC211V), riding on Bridgestone tyres, recorded his first win in the premier class, the show moves on to Germany.

Tamada's victory was significant, but so was the fact that the two title protagonists so far both failed to score points Sete Gibernau (Telefonica MoviStar Honda RC211V) and Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) failed to finish the race.

This is the first time this season neither of those riders has scored and it was left to Max Biaggi (Camel Honda RC211V) to pick up the points for second and close to within 13 points of the leading duo who are still locked on 126 points apiece. This key German race now marks the halfway point of this 16-race season and none of the leading riders can afford to slip up here.

Last year this was where Gibernau defeated Rossi in one of the great races of the 2003 season. And there's no reason why this year's contest should be any less enthralling. If both men succumbed to the undoubted pressure in Brazil, then the pair have to take a more measured approach here in Germany. If they don't, then the wily Biaggi could well be the benefactor.

The Sachsenring is where the Grand Prix circus returns to more familiar ground. Rio, like Welkom in South Africa, is something of a one-off race, and unpredictable for that. This is a familiar environment 50-miles south-west of Dresden in eastern Germany and although some riders don't like this roller-coaster of a track they are at least more acquainted with it.
Built near the old public roads circuit, the new Sachsenring is a mere five miles from the old MZ factory the birthplace of the modern two-stroke engine. The track is now 3.671km long after a downhill right-hand bend was added for last year's race. This is now one of the epic corners in Grand Prix racing.

But there's more than just one majestic bend to this demanding track. This is a flowing track that works riders and tyres hard. Rubber gets little time to recover between turns and the right-hand side of the tyre gets little work to get it up to temperature in the early laps before huge demands are made of it in the downhill plunge.

The track is one of the slowest of the 16 venues only three tracks have a lower top speed. Loris Capirossi (Ducati) recorded 283 km/h here in 2003. Indeed, some riders use only four gears out of six available such is the tight nature of this track. Riders also use less full throttle than at any other track.

Gibernau is among the riders that find it tough here, despite his win last year. "It's slow and difficult," he said. "But then again it was one of the best races of my life last year. The last two turns offer good overtaking opportunities and the descent is the quickest and the most difficult part of the track. The bike settings need to be spot-on to get drive out of the slower turns. But the crowd is amazing and I have lots of support from fan clubs based here."

For Biaggi the Sachsenring represents a challenge and the Roman appreciates the demands it makes on a rider. "The track is winding with no real straight," he said. "It's unique. You need a very agile bike and you need it set-up by Saturday because the way qualifying is going these days a front row start is a must. A good grid position is vital here because the first part of the track is very narrow and it doesn't open out until the last part you don't have time to make up positions if you get a bad start here."

Biaggi set pole here last year and also holds the lap record at 1m 24.630s. But his team-mate Tamada will be a threat here. The Japanese rider has endured a great loss recently having flown to Japan last weekend for his Mother's funeral. Grief notwithstanding, Tamada will be racing to win as ever.

Alex Barros (Repsol Honda RC211V) is hardly a fan of this track, but after a tough home race in Brazil, he needs to get back in the groove here as the halfway point of the season approaches. "I'm hoping we can make progress here," he said. "The season so far has been pretty frustrating for the team. There are times when the bike feels great in practice and then it all goes wrong. Sometimes it's the other way round. We had front-end trouble in Rio and this is a track where you don't want front end trouble."

His team-mate Nicky Hayden (Repsol Honda RC211V) has been showing stronger as the season gels and after a third place in Rio, he needs another big result. "The Rio result came at the right time," said the American. "I've had ups and downs this season and I need to string another race together with a front row start and a podium finish. I didn't qualify so well here last year, but I enjoyed the race and learned a lot. I need a few strong finishes to get me where I need to be in the Championship."

Colin Edwards (Telefonica MoviStar Honda RC211V) has been consistent this year, but not as far up the finishing order as he would like. "This is a strange, tight track," said the Texan. "The tyres are under a lot of strain and it's vital to make the right choice so they don't overheat on the left-side. Then there's the downhill right that you have to be careful on in the first few laps because that side of the tyre takes a bit more time to get up to temperature. It's not a track I really like."

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Tyre industry evolving
as globalisation
forces change

OVER past decades, the tyre industry has been a relatively stable market, dominated by only a handful of major names.
Historically, domestic tyre markets prospered and the main players were able to thrive as sales in motor vehicles boomed. This was particularly true in America, whose production of tyres overshadowed that of the rest of the world.

Today, the situation is very different, with fierce competition from Europe and, more importantly, from developing industries in the Far East.
In the USA, only Cooper and Goodyear-Dunlop remain. The main competitors are: in Japan, Bridgestone-Firestone; in France, Michelin; in Germany, Continental, Metzeler and the Italian Pirelli brand; in the UK, the Cooper subsidiary Avon. Of course, many of these firms exist now in a very different corporate format to that in which they started out, with numerous brand purchases and mergers.
The growing Asian tyre market comprises Japanese companies such as Toyo and Yokohama, Hankook and Kumho in Korea, and Vee Rubber in Thailand. The latter firms are forcing down prices and increasing pressure on the industry by profiting from low labour costs.

Goodyear is still the world's largest tyre company, and its plant in Tonawanda, New York, has recent and continuing capital investments in excess of $6.8 million (€5.61 million), which include a development programme for motorcycle tyres. That said, the company is facing significant financial problems and has incurred a high amount of debt. Over the past three years, the manufacturer has lost more than $2 billion (€1.7 billion). This has led to job cuts, the closure of plants and the refinancing of loans. The outcome of this dynamic phase in the history of tyre manufacturing is difficult to predict, but the battle for domination of global trade continues to intensify.