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Sete Giberneau performs the prerequsite victory wheelie at Bruno.

MotoGP World Championship, Grand Prix of the Czech Republic, Round 10 of 16

Giberneau Closes the gap on Rossi's Points lead at Bruno
Brno, Czech Repuplic, Aug 22nd: Sete Gibernau (Telefonica Movistar Honda RC211V) stormed to his third win of the season in front of 67,000 race fans here in the Czech Republic to put his title challenge firmly back on track. Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) was second and Max Biaggi (Camel Honda RC211V) finished third.

Reigning World Champion Valentino Rossi finished a fighting second in today’s Czech Republic Grand Prix after a determined 22-lap race. The Italian had a close battle on his YZR-M1 machine with championship Honda rivals Sete Gibernau and Max Biaggi, ultimately holding on to finish in second – 3.514 seconds behind Gibernau. Rossi’s team-mate Carlos Checa also had a tough fight throughout the race to a final sixth place.
Meanwhile Fortuna Gauloises Tech3 riders Norick Abe and Marco Melandri finished in eighth and ninth places respectively – the latter lucky to escape from a high speed tank-slapper in the opening lap. The duo started from mid-grid and fought their way through the pack to fire their Yamaha YZR M-1s to top ten finishes.

Rossi, Biaggi and Hayden try to chase down Gibernau. Hayden would loose the front end at crash out.

The Race
Sete stole into the lead from pole position and set the early pace on an RC211V that his team had set up to near perfection – whatever the changeable weather decided to do. The Spanish star always looked comfortable and the chasing pack was clearly working hard keeping him in range. Alex Barros (Repsol Honda RC211V) was among those able to stay with him, along with Rossi, Biaggi and Nicky Hayden (Repsol Honda RC211V) as this five-rider group left the field behind and circulated in close company covered by just over one second.

Barros made a move for third place on lap 12 and nosed ahead of Biaggi, then on the next lap he disposed of Rossi for second. The reigning World Champion then retook second on lap 14. Barros then crashed out on the next lap and the lead group was down to four riders.

After an unfortunate start Rossi slotted into fourth place at the end of lap one, with Checa just inside the top ten riders. After a slight scare at the end of the first lap as his wheel touched the trackside grass causing a serious wobble, Rossi went on to pass Honda riders Alex Barros and Max Biaggi into second position. Meanwhile team-mate Checa entered a fight to stay in the top ten as Makoto Tamada (Honda) and Kenny Roberts (Suzuki) closed in.

Barros made a move for third place on lap 12 and nosed ahead of Biaggi, then on the next lap he disposed of Rossi for second. The reigning World Champion then retook second on lap 14. Barros then crashed out on the next lap and the lead group was down to four riders.

With Barros out of the picture, having crashed out after 14 laps, Rossi made a beeline for the lead. The Yamaha rider managed to pass Gibernau on lap 17, and then the two swapped places no less than six times as Biaggi crept up close behind the duelling pair into third. Finally it was not to be Rossi’s day, as a worn rear tyre meant he was unable to make another steady pass on Gibernau. Checa won his final personal duel by holding off Colin Edwards’ Honda, passing him to finish sixth.

Hayden had crashed out by then to complete a miserable weekend for the Repsol team and as Gibernau opened up a 3.5 second margin on the final lap, it was clear that both Rossi and Biaggi would settle for second and third. As the title battle intensifies, none of the three contenders will be tempted to jeopardise certain points finishes.

Loriis Capirossi drifts the Desmosedici Ducati under power on his way to a solid 5th place.

“That was a very hard race,” said Sete. “My objective was to lead and try and control the race. I was worried about the state of my tyres until Rossi tried to pass me and I saw that his were in much the same condition. That was when I pushed to open a gap because I didn’t want him too close behind me in the closing laps.”
Max was content with his third place after a troubled qualifying experience. “Thanks to my team and Honda,” he said. “Even though we struggled during the two days of qualifying we got it right in the warm-up this morning. I got my best start of the year in the race and then attacked at my maximum to keep third place. We’ve got work to do to get the bike behaving better under braking and we’ll get that done in tests here before we go to Estoril.”

His team-mate Makoto Tamada (Camel Honda RC211V) riding on Bridgestone tyres was fourth. “That was a hard race,” he said. “My sixth row start was the problem because we still have work to do in achieving better wet weather performance. Fourth was okay, but I’d prefer a fourth place that was closer to the leaders and not as far away as I was.”

Colin Edwards (Telefonica Movistar Honda RC211V) was seventh. “During the warm-up we tried a soft tyre but it only lasted five or six laps. So we used a harder tyre in the race but it just didn’t work and it caused a lot of chatter. I just couldn’t fight properly for positions and I really need the new-spec bike.”
Barros is determined to find a dependable front-end set-up after his failure to finish. “The machine didn’t feel as good in the race as it did in practice,” he said. “The front was not giving me nearly as much confidence and even though it was a small crash it was impossible to get going again and we need to find some answers before we get to Portugal.”

His team-mate Hayden was philosophical about his crash. “I just made a mistake in turn one,” he said. “Max got in hot under Valentino and I got sucked in, I just lost concentration for a fraction of a second. One moment the door was opening, the next I was on the floor. It’s not cool to crash out with a few laps left.”
With six rounds left to run, the World Championship points table shows Rossi ahead on 184, Sete second with 167 and Max in the hunt with 158. Colin Edwards lies fourth with 104.

Telefonica MoviStar Honda team mates Sete Gibernau and Colin Edwards enjoy a lighter moment in the pits before the race.

Sebastian Porto takes 250cc Race for Aprilia
The 250cc Grand Prix was a strange affair slowed twice by a leader who believed spots of rain were enough to halt the 20-lap race. The eventual winner was Sebastian Porto (Aprilia), with Randy de Puniet (Aprilia) second and Danny Pedrosa (Telefonica Movistar Junior Team RS250RW) third.

Porto sped into the lead from pole position and by lap five a four rider group now headed by Alex de Angelis (Aprilia) with Porto, de Puniet and Pedrosa had broken away from the field. But then the rain threatened.
Alex de Angelis raised his hand to signal a stop. His intentions were heeded by all but Sebastian Porto who kept the throttle nailed and retook the lead. The rest of the field then caught up and normal racing resumed.
Porto led from de Puniet, Pedrosa and de Angelis until lap 14 when he made a mistake to let his pursuers through. Pedrosa then seized the advantage and pulled out a 1.14 second lead in the space of a lap. He looked home and dry.

But then rain appeared again – enough to encourage Danny to raise his hand and signal a stop after de Angelis crashed out while lying second. But again the pursuers ignored it and forged ahead regardless. Porto retook the lead with de Puniet in second and held on to the flag.

Danny was perplexed. “That was disappointing,” he said. “I tried to stop the race at the beginning when it rained. Then it rained even more at the end and no one stopped. Porto and de Puniet saw they could catch me and I understand why they passed me, but I don’t understand why the race couldn’t have been stopped.”
Tony Elias (Fortuna Honda RS250RW) finished fifth, Roberto Rolfo (Fortuna Honda RS250RW) sixth and Hiroshi Aoyama (Telefonica Movistar Junior Team RS250RW) seventh. Danny leads the World Championship points classification with 196 points, with de Puniet second on 166 and Porto third on 153.

Lorenzi Takes Heated 125cc GP Race for Derbi
The 125cc encounter was an epic race. What first appeared to be a stroll to victory for Andrea Dovizioso (Team Scot Honda RS125R) became an eight-rider brawl with Jorge Lorenzo (Derbi) just snatching the win from Dovizioso with Roberto Locatelli (Aprilia) third.

Dovizioso powered off the line to lead Casey Stoner (KTM) into turn one with Lorenzo tucked in behind them. But Stoner crashed out on lap two leaving Dovizioso with what looked like a commanding lead. By lap four he had a 3.8 second cushion over Lorenzo. But by lap six the gap began to shorten. Hector Barbera (Aprilia) who started the race from 24th on the grid was scything through the field and by lap seven he was Dovzioso’s closest pursuer and the gap was down to 2.4 seconds.

Then Barbera closed to within one second by lap ten. Local man Lukas Pesek (Ajo Motorsports Honda RS125R) was having a storming race and was up to third before he crashed out. Then by lap 11 Barbera led the race with Steve Jenkner (Aprilia) second and Dovizioso third. As the final laps loomed eight riders were in contention for podium places. The action was vicious and although Lorenzo began the final lap in the lead, there was no guarantee he would cross the line first. Barbera led, Dovzioso led and then Lorenzo sneaked inside at the final esses to just broach the line in first. “I’m not that happy about this,” said Dovzioso. “Some of the manoeuvres made on the straight and in the braking areas by some riders were not really on. But this race is over now and in terms of the World Championship things aren’t looking too bad.”

Simone Corsi (Team Scot Honda RS125R) finished ninth and Julian Simon (Angaia Racing Honda RS125R) tenth. The World Championship points table shows Dovizioso on 183 with Locatelli on 147 and Barbera with 138 with six races left in the season.

MotoGP: (22 laps = 118.866 km)
Pos/ Rider / Nat / Team / Motorcycle / Time/ KM/H
1 / Sete GIBERNAU / SPA / Telefonica Movistar Honda Mot / HONDA / 44'03.480 / 161.876
2 / Valentino ROSSI / ITA / Gauloises Fortuna Yamaha / YAMAHA / 44'06.994 / 161.661
3 / Max BIAGGI / ITA / Camel Honda / HONDA / 44'07.810 / 161.611
4 / Makoto TAMADA / JPN / Camel Honda / HONDA / 44'19.737 / 160.887
5 / Loris CAPIROSSI / ITA / Ducati Marlboro Team / DUCATI / 44'21.410 / 160.786
6 / Carlos CHECA / SPA / Gauloises Fortuna Yamaha / YAMAHA / 44'24.661 / 160.589
7 / Colin EDWARDS / USA / Telefonica Movistar Honda Mot / HONDA / 44'25.951 / 160.512
8 / Norick ABE / JPN / Fortuna Gauloises Tech 3 / YAMAHA / 44'34.559 / 159.995
9 / Marco MELANDRI / ITA / Fortuna Gauloises Tech 3 / YAMAHA / 44'34.638 / 159.990
10 / Kenny ROBERTS / USA / Team Suzuki MotoGP / SUZUKI / 44'35.105 / 159.962
11 / Neil HODGSON / GBR / D'Antin MotoGP / DUCATI / 44'37.574 / 159.815
12 / Shinya NAKANO / JPN / Kawasaki Racing Team / KAWASAKI / 44'57.604 / 158.628
13 / Alex HOFMANN / GER / Kawasaki Racing Team / KAWASAKI / 44'57.768 / 158.619
14 / Jeremy McWILLIAMS / GBR / MS Aprilia Racing / APRILIA / 45'00.951 / 158.432
15 / Nobuatsu AOKI / JPN / Proton Team KR / PROTON KR / 45'21.995 / 157.207
Fastest Lap: Alex BARROS 1'59.302 163.038 Km/h Lap 6
World Championship Positions:
1 ROSSI 184, 2 GIBERNAU 167, 3 BIAGGI 158, 4 EDWARDS 104, 5 BARROS 86,
6 HAYDEN 83, 7 CHECA 82, 8 CAPIROSSI 75, 9 TAMADA 69, 10 MELANDRI 64,
11 ABE 49, 12 XAUS 46, 13 NAKANO 41, 14 ROBERTS 35, 15 BAYLISS 34.

250cc: (20 laps = 108.06 km)
Pos / Rider / Nat / Team / Motorcycle / Time / KM / H
1 / sebastian PORTO / ARG / Repsol - Aspar Team 250cc / APRILIA / 42'03.061 / 154.184
2 / Randy DE PUNIET / FRA / Safilo Carrera - LCR / APRILIA / 42'07.370 / 153.921
3 / Daniel PEDROSA / SPA / Telefonica Movistar Honda 250 / HONDA / 42'13.980 / 153.519
4 / Anthony WEST / AUS / Freesoul Abruzzo Racing Team / APRILIA / 42'16.853 / 153.345
5 / Toni ELIAS / SPA / Fortuna Honda / HONDA / 42'17.193 / 153.325
6 / Roberto ROLFO / ITA / Fortuna Honda / HONDA / 42'24.231 / 152.901
7 / Hiroshi AOYAMA / JPN / Telefonica Movistar Honda 250 / HONDA / 42'25.101 / 152.848
8 / Chaz DAVIES / GBR / Aprilia Racing / APRILIA / 42'36.487 / 152.168
9 / Manuel POGGIALI / RSM / MS ApriliaTeam / APRILIA / 42'51.387 / 151.286
10 / Hector FAUBEL / SPA / Grefusa - Aspar Team 250cc / APRILIA / 43'06.522 / 150.401
11 / Dirk HEIDOLF / GER / Grefusa - Aspar Team 250cc / APRILIA / 43'06.861 / 150.381
12 / Hugo MARCHAND / FRA / Freesoul Abruzzo Racing Team / APRILIA / 43'07.193 / 150.362
13 / Gregory LEBLANC / FRA / Leblanc Racing Team / APRILIA / 43'07.691 / 150.333
14 / Jakub SMRZ / CZE / Molenaar Racing / HONDA / 43'14.021 / 149.966
15 / Joan OLIVE / SPA / Campetella Racing / APRILIA / 43'14.493 / 149.939
Fastest Lap: Daniel PEDROSA 2'03.332 157.710 Km/h Lap 17
Championship Positions:
1 PEDROSA 196, 2 DE PUNIET 166, 3 PORTO 153, 4 ELIAS 97, 5 NIETO 94,
6 DE ANGELIS 93, 7 AOYAMA 80, 8 WEST 78, 9 ROLFO 77, 10 POGGIALI 70,
11 DEBON 53, 12 BATTAINI 46, 13 GUINTOLI 29, 14 MATSUDO 23, 15 DAVIES 23.

Meet the "Fonz"
Lanzi to race AMA Superbike
VIR, Aug 14th - Ducati's World Supersport rider Lorenzo Lanzi did quicke lap times than their US Austin Ducati Superbike rider Eric Bostrom at recent tests both in Europe and a Virginia Interntaional Raceway.

Ducati Corse's plan is to now have Lanzi join Bostrom at the VIR AMA National on an equal Ducati Superbike on Michelin tires.
Lanzi will not be racing at Road Atlanta as there is a date conflict. The World Supersport series is in action at Assen on the Atlanta weekend. E's chances for being resigned by the Ducati team for next year are looking pretty slim without a top finish.

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MONTEREY, Calif. (August 23, 2004) - The Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) has released the pre-calendar for the 2005 MotoGP World Championship with July 8-10 as the date for the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

Tickets for the 2005 Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix are on sale now. General admission tickets and a limited number of paddock passes are on sale now via the track's ticket office - 1-800-327-SECA (7322) - during normal business hours or online at www.lagunaseca.com/Tickets.

Renewals will be sent to those who purchased tickets for the 2004 Honda Superbike Classic by the end of August. Non-renewed tickets/camping will be released to sell beginning Monday, October 25, 2004 at 8 a.m. via telephone at 800-327-SECA.

Support events for the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix have yet to be determined.

Vendor information is available by calling Jeanie Sumners at (831) 648-5111 or jeanies@laguna-seca.com. Hospitality information is available by calling Ann Bixler at (831) 648-5111 or hospitality@laguna-seca.com.

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The MotoGP Deal for Laguna Seca
The rumor mill has Laguna Seca signing a 5 year deal to secure MotoGP in America, with a special price concession on the $1.5 plus million dollar sanction fee the first 2 years to get the event established here.
Unfirtunately MotoGP gets a exclusive to all the sponsorships and signagre it beings to the track for its one race, so Laguna Seca Raceway must make its sole income form spectator ticket prices and venders.

Knowing that the Laguna Seca facility (aka Mazda Raceway) can not accomodate more than 30,000 people at best,and that they will have production costs around $250,000 (employees, police, advertising, equiment rental, etc), the track will need to make $2 million to turn a profit, they need to charge at least $67.00 for a base general admission ticket.

Combine it with an AMA Superbike weekend, required FIM track imporverments, etc., and ticket prices could start closer to $100 each. Certainly in line with the ticket prices now shown on the Laguna Seca website at $55 for 1-day, $90 for a 3-day General Admission Pass, and $25 Paddock.

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Preview - Gauloises
Czech Grand Prix, Brno
August 20, 21, 22 2004
The 16-round MotoGP World Championship prepares to recommence after a three week summer interval, reconvening in Brno on August 22. The Gauloises Fortuna Yamaha Team approaches its latest challenge in far better shape than the majority of its rivals, after some outstanding individual and team performances since the start of the season in April.

World number one Valentino Rossi has displayed dazzling winning form in his first Yamaha year. His five 2004 victories thus far are as impressive as they were somewhat unexpected at this early stage of the new partnership. The upshot of the 25-year-old’s points gathering performances, and the ever increasing capabilities of the Yamaha YZR-M1, is a 22-point lead over their closest competitors in the Riders’ Championship.

Carlos Checa, the Fortuna-branded rider in Yamaha’s cosmopolitan factory squad, has experienced an up and down season so far, his pinnacle performance was second at Le Mans in round three. He, like Rossi, is a big fan of the high-speed turns and committed downhill corner entries of the Brno track, a point which gives all involved a high degree of confidence at what is a Gauloises sponsored event.

Rossi’s blue M1, as well as an on-track points gatherer, scooped an award from a spectator survey conducted at the Donington MotoGP weekend from British biking weekly Motor Cycle News (MCN). The bike was voted best designed machine of 2004, while the factory team was blessed with the accolade of favourite team in the paddock, proof of the overall prowess and high profile of the Yamaha factory effort.

Surfing high on the wave of Rossi’s latest crushing triumph at the Donington Grand Prix three weeks ago, the team nonetheless continued its relentless pace of development by staying in situ to test one day later. The aim to solve some set-up issues which had appeared on occasion this year was achieved. After this successful one-day test the team has enjoyed its longest break since the start of 2004, recharging batteries in readiness for the final gruelling segment of the season.

Out to repeat his perfect performance of race victory, fastest qualifying time and lap record in last year’s Brno event, Rossi knows he will have to labour hard in qualifying to repeat his 2003 success story.

“I made a beautiful race in Brno last year,” said the Italian. “It’s not necessarily my favourite circuit and I really don’t know how the M1 will go there as it’s so diverse; high speed but still with many turns, up and downhill sections, adverse cambers, et cetera. Anyway, Checa was good there last year and Yamaha is very fast there traditionally.”

Rossi knows he has to keep the pressure on his opponents at this vital part of the season. “Although I’m leading the championship it’s not by enough points to feel safe yet, every point from now on is crucial if we are to think about being in a position to win the championship. The win in Donington before the summer break was magic but there were still some problems and room for improvement. We made some good progress in the one-day test after Donington, where we tested new front fork settings and engine mapping. The stability felt better and it was a worthwhile day - but we still have a way to go.”

Rossi acknowledges that it is not only himself he has to consider at Brno. “This year has so far been a real surprise and we have made remarkable progress. But Honda have made a lot of progress at the same time, and Sete and Max are stronger now than ever. I know that Yamaha will have been working non-stop through the summer break to make even more improvements, so let’s see what happens in Brno. The riders have had three weeks off so everyone should be revitalized. It’s certainly going to be a great second half of the season, perhaps with even better battles than there have been in the first half.”

Rider's Race Quotes From Bruno MotoGP
Sete Gibernau, Telefonica MoviStar Honda, 1st: "That was an incredible race - entertaining but at the same time very hard. If that's the way it looked from the outside, then just imagine what it was like for us! First of all I want to say thanks to Honda, to Mr Kanazawa, for all the support they have offered us from the start of the season and for the new material we have received here at Brno.

Unfortunately we didn't have time to test it because of the weather. We wanted to win this race and it was a tough decision but the whole team thought it was best to go with what we knew despite a big effort from HRC. We were competitive in the wet and the dry and the result was ideal. Michelin also contributed with a good tyre choice despite the fact that there was very little time to decide what was best. I am sure we will get to Estoril even stronger and more motivated."

Fausto Gresini Team Manager: "Today it was important not to make any mistakes and to get some points back in the championship. It wasn't easy to leave the new material in the box but Sete preferred to concentrate on the race and use the bike he already knew so this is a great result for him and the team. It was fundamental to get back on the top step of the podium. Tomorrow we'll concentrate on the tests we have organised alongside Honda, who are keen to prepare as well as possible for what promises to be a very tough end to the season."

Max Biaggi , Camel Honda (Michelin Tyres): 3rd: “First of all I have to thank my team and Honda because despite the problems we had during the weekend, in the short time between the end of the warm-up and the race they managed to get in shape to fight for the podium. I think I put the rest in, firstly with a good start, probably my best of the year, and then fighting tooth and nail for the top spots. We weren’t right in the braking areas, and now we have two test days where I want to get the bike ready to take on Estoril.”

Sito Pons – Camel Honda (Team Principal) : “it was a great day for our team with Max on the podium and Makoto fourth. I can’t say I’m 100% satisfied though, because we lost points in the overall standings to our main rivals. Nevertheless that is recoverable if we remember that there are still six races left this year. Now we will focus on the two test days here tomorrow and Tuesday in Brno, to refine the bike’s set-up and because we can hope for better days than these in terms of the weather.”

Makoto Tamada, Camel Honda (Bridgestone Tyres): 4th: “It was a shame about the grid position, my whole race depended on the start to see if I could get amongst the top guys. I would have preferred a fourth place where I fought with the top riders. Anyway, the race served to get some important information for our development, and to improve our chances, especially because after Estoril comes Japan, my home race and I want everything right so I can return to winning ways there!”

Colin Edwards, Telefonica MoviStar Honda, 7th: "We put a soft tyre on in the warm-up which we ruled out for the race because it was spent after six laps. We went for a harder tyre - the same as the other Honda and Michelin riders - but it didn't work well with my chassis. I started to get some chattering problems after a few laps and it prevented me from pushing forward. To really get over the chattering problem I need the new chassis from Honda - I am the only Honda rider on Michelin tyres using the same chassis as at the start of the season."

Nicky Hayden, Repsol Honda, dnf - crash: “This morning was really good. It was nice to be fastest. We decided to use a slightly harder tyre in the race as I wanted to be there at the end fighting. In the race everything felt okay. I could run at the pace of the leaders but I didn’t really have anything on them. There were a few places on the track I was loosing on them but generally I was having a quiet race just learning. Towards the end I could see the guys in front moving around and I thought with my conserved tyres I could be in with a chance. I just made a little mistake in turn 1. Max got in really hot under Valentino and I got kinda’ sucked in. I saw what was going on out of the corner of my eye and just lost concentration for a fraction of a second. One moment the door was opening the next I was on the floor. I just wanted to keep pushing and not cruise around in fourth; that would have been no good. It’s not cool to crash out with only a few laps left but it’s all definitely part of learning.”

Alex Barros, Repsol Honda, dnf - crash: “For the first time this weekend the front tyre felt a little bit on the limit in the warm up this morning. In the race I made some small mistake in the early stages and Valentino and Max get past me. I then have to really concentrate and get my position back again. The machine did not feel as good as in the qualifying days; the front was not giving me so much confidence. When I took back second position I open the throttle, not using any break and the front just goes. We need to look at the telemetry. It was a very small crash, very little damage but it was impossible to get going again. We test here for the next few days and we need to find and answer to the front grip problems before we get to Portugal.

Lanzi is Quicker at VIR
Eric on the Ropes?
VIR, Aug 14th - Lorenzo Lanzi did lap quicker than Eric Bostrom at the Virginia International Raceway test. In Lanzi's first ride at the track, andin America, and the Corse Supersport rider lapped slightly faster than Eric Bostrom after a two-day test plagued by rain. Ducati's World Supersport rider backed up last weeks impressive lap times at Mugello in Italy where he was quicker than Bostrom there, as well. Eric's fast lapat VIR was a 1:26.7 while Lanzi posted a 1:26.4.

Ducati's plan is to now have Lanzi join Bostrom at the VIR race on an equal Ducati Superbike on Michelin tires.
Lanzi will not be racing at Road Atlanta as there is a date conflict. The World Supersport series is in action at Assen on the Atlanta weekend

Great Pricing for Aprilia Sportbikes in USA
Consumer concern over financial problems at Aprilia of Itally have slowed bike sales significantly in America. Our local dealer in Los Angeles says they are discounting the hot new RS Mille and Mille R as much as $2,000 off suggested list price to help them sell. If you've been waiting to get a great sportbike at a great price, this is now the time to make your best dealer with your dealer. Pro Italia in Glendale, CA, is one Aprillia dealer offering a special $2,000 bike discount pricing.

Aprilia Confirms Buyout Agreement with Piaggio
8/13/04 Woodstock, GA - Aprilia World Service USA Inc. is pleased to communicate the announcement of the industrial and strategic agreement between Piaggio and Aprilia. In the agreement, Piaggio will obtain a 100% stake in the Aprilia group.

Ride With World Champions!
GP Riding Academy at
Phillip Island in November

ICR Moto Generation announces the appointment of three World Championship racers as chief instructors for the ICR Grand Prix Riding Academy in November 2004.

Daryl Beattie, Andrew Pitt and Kevin Magee are set to provide a rewarding and memorable experience for a limited number of international motorcycle riders at the world class Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, Melbourne, Australia.
Catering to all levels of male and female riders, participants undertake an intensive and comprehensive motorcycle riding and race skills academy with five days on the track. All tuition comes packaged with an all inclusive luxury 8 day/7 night package, which includes luxury accommodation, transfers and all meals in Australia, nightly entertainment, tours and sightseeing and much more.

Cornering, Braking, Passing
Throttle Control, Lean Angle
Track Position, Body Position
[more] 8 DAYS, All expenses paid
7 NIGHTS .Luxury accommodation 5 DAYS RIDING. The track bikes:
Each rider is provided with an ICR edition 2004 Honda CBR 600RR to ride whilst at the event... and bikes are race track prepared, running the latest Michelin Pilot Power tyres. ICR GP Riding Academy events are an all expenses paid experience that others only dream of... with one lucky participant winning a brand new ICR edition Honda CBR 600RR, delivered to their door... simply for attending this event.

LA Calendar Bike Show Happenings
Above: Resse Rooke wins Again! Jardine West Coast Horsepower Dyno Shootout sees new world horsepower record at 545hp!

Naked Desmosedici! FastDates.com takes an exclusive visit inside the
Ducati Corse MotoGP Race Shop!

Plus - See our visit to Ducati Racing School at Misano!