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Proposed 2005 AMA Superbike Rule Changes Miss the Big Picture
Duplicate, Confusing Classes has Destroyed Pro Roadracing in America

A July 25th press release from AMA Pro Racing has announced "new" rule change proposals for the 2005 season. The only item of note in just a few minor changes to the ruels is to allow any rider to race in any class. Effectively the AMA is trying to fill out its less than full starting grids in a confusing mirid of pro classes which have less than full support from all the factory teams, and which has effectively destroyed professional motorcycle roadracing in America.

When AMA Nationals like those at California Speedway, Barber Motorsports, Colorado and Virgina International are pulling less than 2,000 spectators per race weekend, the current state of AMA Pro Racing in America is a disaster. The published attendance figures of 93,000 spectators for this pastJuly's Laguna Seca World and AMA SuperbikeWeekend were an outright lie (we only counted 4,000 spectators trackside on Sunday - add in generously another 1,000 milling around in the Paddock and Midway during the race, and another 1,000 for riders and their teams and venders, and Laguna WSB Weekend more realisticly had 6,000 people total. Maybe.

Daytona Superbike back in March wasn't much better. There are some 200,000 bikers in town for Daytona Bike Week, yet almost no one goes to the track to watch the racing. Plus the Superbike National at the out dated and dangerous Daytona Speedway had to be moved to Saturday so TV and spectators wouldn't miss the race if it got rained out to Monday like happened in 2002. Meanwhile, we're still waiting for the press release to follow up on the results of AMA Pro Racing's big meeting back in May with the Speedway to improve race safety. The reality is the income from motorcycle racing at the Speedway can not justify modifying the track to any sort of FIM safety standards.

Unbelievably, AMA Pro Racing is doing nothing to address the major problems it created this year in the structure of the mirid of different and confusing classes themselves. The 600cc Formula Extreme class will remain a useless and boring romp for Team Honda and should be eliminated altogether, or revert back to the once popular 600cc Supersport class which was always hotly contested, along with the inclussion of Ducati's 750cc twin. Meanwhile, Suzuki still has no class to race its hugely popular GSXR750.

The 1000cc Supersport class remains a useless duplication of 1000cc Superbike and should be eliminated altogether so all the factory and support teams will return to Superbike where they belong.

Also in the Pro Racing 2005 rules proposal is a request for a new "Spec Bike ' class. Remember the last spec bike class the AMA tried was in the early '90s for Harley-Havidson Sportsters and it was a disaster, as the stock bikes were ill handling and not cabale of being raced without blowing up. Plus, factory riders from teams weren't allowed to race a competing brand, so effectivlely we were left with amateur riders racing junk bikes on a national pro racing weekend.

Perhaps this new "Spec Class" class might be a reprive for Suzuki's GSXR750 if Suzuki foots the class sponsorship bill? But why do we need another boring one brand class in a weekend of 1 and 2 brand dominated racing? A one-brand Spec Bike Class without factory riders? No thank you. The old 600cc Supersport class fit the bill just perfect.

So why doesn't AMA Pro Racing get it right? With AMA employees on a fixed salary, and a board of directors made up of motorcycle racers, team, owners and manufacturers you'ld think they could. But in reality at AMA Pro Racing there's just too many special interests involved and team managers wanting different classes they can easily win to advertise their wins and maintain their sponsorship money from the factories. Successful racing series such as NASCAR, CART, Supercross, Superbike and MotoGP are owned and operated by a private owners who have the success and profitabilty of their race series as their biggest concern. AMA needs to get out of race management and stick with just rules enforcement.

Over the past 20 years despite a 20% growth in the population in America, coverage of AMA roadracing g on national Speed TV and national sponsorship by Chevy trucks, spectator attendance at AMA professional roadracing in America has declined. There needs to be just one feature class, that being Superbike, and no others. We feel AMA is missing the big picture and just making their problem worse. - Jim Gianatsis, Editor

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Our hero! 40-year old Frankie Chili on the starting grid with our own SBK World Superbike FasDates.com Calendar Angel Andra Cobb. Quickest in both races , Frankie had to settle for 2nd in Race 2 based on agregate times des despite his win of the second leg.

SBK World Superbike Championship Round 9, Brands Hatch, European Round

Faster Frankie Looked Ready to Conquer Brands Hatch -
but it's Noriyuki Haga who Doubles for the Win
Brands Hatch England, July 30-Aug 1st, 2004 - Frankie Goes To Paddock Wood: Pierfrancesco Chili (PSG-1 Ducati 998) slotted his 998RS/999 hybrid machine into the provisional pole position spot with a best first day lap of the 4.197km Brands Hatch circuit. The 40-year-old Italian’s prowess was closely contested by a whole field full of competitive runners, but his experience as a former Brands Hatch winner proved to be the difference on day one as he set a best of 1:27.990. And he would follow that up with the Fast Lap Times recorded in both races on Sunday, but to the quickest would not go the spoils....

The ever popular Noriyuki Haga aboard his Renegade Ducati 999RS took both wins in the hot crucible of Brands Hatch before a huge crowd, winning a straight fight in Race One and an aggregate event in Race Two where he shared heat wins with Frankie. The net result of an incredible weekend of close, crowd-pleasing action was to bring the main contenders for championship glory impossible close to each other, with the top four riders all within eight points of each other.

Fastest Privateer teams: Frankie (7) and Nori (41) fought and scrapped hard for both race wins.

Privateers Pace Practice
Sloted in behind Frankie Chili as one of the quickest in Friday Practice was Gianluca Nannelli (Pedercini Ducati), a surprise second fastest on day one, his performance particularly impressive as he is running a 998RS Ducati, not one of the more powerful 999R engined Ducati machines which now pack the SBK grid. The 30-year-old Italian has had some impressive rides in his rookie season in SBK, after and up and down career in Supersport. A good day for the Pedercini team saw team principle Lucio Pedercini qualify fifth, ahead of both factory Ducati machines.

Borciani Boost: With only ten minutes of qualifying left the name of Marco Borciani stood proudly at the top of the time sheets, the DFX Ducati 999RS rider proving to be a potent threat once more after only one day of track time. His fourth overall is still a more than creditable position, with his double Superpole winning team-mate Steve Martin down in 12th.

Noriyuki Now: Noriyuki Haga (Renegade Ducati 999RS) slipped himself into the top three places after a late charge through the order on his locally entered Ducati. His team, sporting a new pit backdrop from sponsors Koji, also had Leon Haslam in the upper echelons, seventh overall with a time of 1:18.734, 0.744 seconds from provisional pole.

Ducatis Duke It Out: Regis Laconi (Ducati Fila 999F04) was the best of the works Ducati riders, but he struggled to cope with the privateer onslaught on day one, riding his fast but fickle Ducati Fila machine into sixth place on the time sheets. James Toseland (Ducati Fila 999F04) his team-mate, suffered more set-up woes as he qualified only 15th, 1.440 seconds from Chili and in 15th place.

Three Over Four: Troy Corser (Petronas FP-1) used a revamped engine and mapping specification to take the last spot on the overnight second row, his eighth place fully six places ahead of his team-mate Chris Walker. Brands was always going to be a challenge for the riders of the 900cc Petronas triple, but Corser at least was in less trouble than double SBK race winner from the previous round, Chris Vermeulen, who spend most of his two hours of practice trying to find a workable set-up for his Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR. Nonetheless, Vermeulen was the fastest of the four-cylinder riders, on a track that clearly favoured the booming twins in the early stages. Top Yamaha R1 rider proved to be wild card entrant Sebastien Gimbert (Yamaha France), in 11th place.

Time Warp: Garry McCoy (Xerox Ducati 999RS) had a tough introduction to Brands Hatch, completing day one in 18th place on his Ducati 999RS, with a total of 25 riders taking part in the first day of action.
Supersport: An exciting first qualifying session, held on idyllic conditions, delivered Ten Kate Honda rider and championship leader Karl Muggeridge to the top of the provisional qualifying order. His best time of 1:29.200 was 0.354 seconds ahead of second quickest rider Fabien Foret (Yamaha Belgarda, and 0.425 better than third place man Kevin Curtain (Yamaha Motor Deutschland). The Yamaha/Honda wars in the early stages were added to by fourth and fifth place men Sebastien Charpentier (Klaffi Honda) and Muggeridge’s team-mate Broc Parkes.

Super Pole Saturday/ A Classic Ducati 998 Weekend
Local Star Steve Martin on top with DFX Ducati

Pole Dancer: DFX Ducati rider Steve Martin, only ninth fastest in regulation qualifying, trimmed almost a whole second off his previous best to take the Superpole win at Brands Hatch. One of the most experienced riders in the series, Martin was a smooth operator while several others slid and slithered their way home after experienced traction issues on the unexpectedly slick Brands Hatch tarmac. Martin’s time of 1:27.213, was the best of the timed sessions over the weekend.

Chili Wows Fans: Other than the local riders the most popular man on show at Brands Hatch was series veteran Pierfrancesco Chili. Cheered throughout his 4.197km Superpole lap Chili went second quickest, 0.12 seconds from Martin. Chili was as usual using his 998 Chassis and 999cc engine throughout the Brands Hatch weekend.

Regis Redeems: Regis Laconi and James Toseland (Ducati Fila) experienced differing fortunes in Superpole; Laconi the fastest man in regulation qualifying now starting from the front row, in third place, after some fraught moments and a morning session crash. His team-mate Toseland almost high-sided on his Superpole lap, his ‘moment’ dropping him to 12th overall and a third row starting position.

Renegade Rebels: For the Renegade Ducati team Brands has been a tough test, the injured Leon Haslam and his team-mate Noriyuki Haga not matching the times set during a race meeting at Brands in June, due largely to the prevailing track conditions. Nonetheless Haga will start the race from the front row after setting the fourth best time in Superpole, while the brave Haslam fought his left hand injury to finish tenth overall.

Corser Forward: Troy Corser (Petronas FP-1), jumped from seventh in qualifying to fifth after Superpole, and will thus head up the second row for the races. The former champion’s team-mate Chris Walker had a rapturous welcome from his legions of British fans, but 13th and a fourth row start were his lowly reward for his usual high level of effort.

Borciani Moves On Up: After heading the early qualifying for a time Steve Martin’s team-mate Marco Borciani ended his weekend’s qualifying in a well placed sixth in Superpole. He also improved on his best previous lap, as did the majority of the field.

Honda Home Boys: Chris Vermeulen’s one man Honda assault on World Superbike this season has netted him and his Ten Kate Honda team the last three race victories but after a tough weekend of handling problems and a Superpole lap in which he experienced front end slides, Vermeulen now starts a disappointed seventh.

An exciting start to Race One with Steve Martin (99) along side Nori haga (41) with Laconi (55) and Corser (4) hot on their Pirellis. For a country just the size of California, the Brands Hatch World Superbike race weekend may have drawn more spectators than all the AMA Superbike nationals this year combined.

Sunday / Race Day: Chili is Fastest and First at the Finish in Race Two,
but "Nitro" Nori Haga Scores both Wins for Renegade Koji
Brands Hatch (UK), 1 August 2004: Ducati clinched their thirteenth World Superbike Manufacturersí title at Brands Hatch in a dramatic day of racing in front of a massive crowd, which saw alternating fortunes for Ducati Fila riders Regis Laconi and James Toseland and a double win for Renegade Ducati's Japanese rider Noriyuki Haga. The Frenchman battled hard with Haga to finish second in Race One, but then ruined another positive result when he lost the front and crashed out at Graham Hill Bend on lap 19 of race 2.

The ever popular Noriyuki Haga aboard the newly repained Renegade Koji Ducati 999RS took both wins in the hot crucible of Brands Hatch before a huge crowd, winning a straight fight in race one and an aggregate event in race two. The net result of an incredible weekend of close, crowd-pleasing action was to bring the main contenders for championship glory impossible close to each other, with the top four riders all within eight points of each other.

Ducatiís thirteenth win in the Manufacturersí championship comes in seventeen years of top-class World Superbike racing with production-based machinery against constructors from Italy, Japan, and now Malaysia. The Ridersí title is now hotting up to be a four-way battle between Laconi, Toseland (Ducati Fila), Vermeulen (Honda) and Haga, with all four riders separated by just eight points with three rounds left to go.

Laconi (55), Chile (7) and Haga (41) dice for the lead in Race One.

RACE ONE: Close competition throughout the entire 25 laps of Race One delivered the first race win toNoriyuki Haga. But if wasn' t easy for Nitro Nori who had to contend with a terrific 3-way rider fight for the win. The first half of the race was a three man affair until race leader Pierfrancesco Chili (Ducati) crashed spectacularly on the exit of Surtees, highsiding himself out of contention.the Japanese rider holding off a race long challenge of second placed Ducati Corse rider Regis Laconi. Regis and Norri continued thire heated fight right into the final lap where they traded the lead 4-5 times with Nori lucky enought to hold the advantage as they crossed the finish. Superpole winner Steve Martin (Ducati) benefited from Chili's fall to take third, with Ten Kate Honda rider Chris Vermeulen fourth. Troy Corser took a close5th place with the 900cc Foggy Petronas, doing a highly creditable job matching the leaders pace the entire race.

Laconi (55) has the 999F04 drifting under power as he fights with Haga (41) in race Two before going down.

RACE TWO: The same top three protagonists from Race One would again battle it out for the right to win, in what to be an aggregate race run in two parts. Frankie Chili arrived at the starting line late after the warm-up lap, having just had his 998 Ducati fully rebuilt from his first race crash, but he pulled directly onto the front row for the start without any opposition.

The race quickly turned into another exciting exciting 3-way battle for the lead between Haga, Laconi and Chilie with Toseland in close persuit. Around lap 3 Toseland found his factory Ducati 99F04 getting sideways on him as suffered an oil cooler leak and began spewing oil and smoke, oiling down his rear tire and the track. He pulled off the track once he realized the problem, but not before oiling down a few corders. Italian rider Gianfranco De Matteis (Ducati) went down in the oil trail and broke his collarbone and thus the race was red flagged, with the resulting restart comprising three lap and 22 lap legs.For the restart Toseland was allowed to return to the pits and pickup up a new bike, but it would all be for nothing. Diving into turn one at the green light, Toseland was pushed from the inside by Foggy Petronas rider Chris Walker, knocking down Toseland who slid into Walker's team mate Troy Corser and both Toseland and Corser were down and out to the race.

For Toseland it was the end to a terrible weekend in front of his home crowd. Never quite happy with his set-up, he could only manage seventh in the first encounter of the day.Then it race two it was the stoped race due to the incedent cause by his oil leak, and then the crash into Corser. "I've got a stiff neck from the crash, I'íve dropped from first to fourth in the championship, Iíve disappointed myself and my home crowd, is there anything else?" commented Toseland. "Thereís still only eight points in it though, unlucky for Regis but I've had bad luck as well with Corser taking me out. I'íve had a disappointing weekend at Silverstone and a disappointing one at Brands Hatch. I can only apologise and say I've given 110% all weekend. Sorry to everyone who came to see a British winner, that was down to me. Let's get it over with and move on to the next round."

Up front the exciting 3-way lead battle continued between Haga, Laconi and Chile for much of the race until Laconi crashed out the points leading Ducati. Frankie Chili moved in and passed Haga for thee lead and the win of the second leg, but Frankie's tough luck continued as his agregate time for the two legs was not enough to win the race overall. The eventual winner proved to be Noriyuki Haga, by 0.960 seconds over Chili. Chris Vermeulen finished in third position, with Chris Walker (Petronas) fourth.

What can I say?î declared Laconi. "The big problem is that if I am not in front of Noriyuki, he was slow, and I tried to go faster than him and I felt I was over the limit. Thatís why I crashed. I tried to go away but I entered too wide pushing hard and lost the front. I am not happy because I am unable to get away from him. I tried my best with the team and the engineers to get the best out of this bike, and we did, so if I crashed it means that I was at the limit. I really want to win this championship and I hope that we will have something new for the last three rounds."

Another Ducati Corse rider bites the pavement in Race Two. This time its Laconi.

The Riders Championship points battle sees Laconi with 218 points, Vermeulen promoted to second at 216, with Haga on 212 and Toseland 210, effectively a close 4-way battle for the Championship with just 3 rounds remaining. Its the closest title chase in World Superbike in years. The next round of the championship takes place at Assen on September 5, for all classes.

Sunday Race One (Laps 25 = 104,925 Km)
Pos /Rider /Nat. /Team / Time /Gap
1 / Haga Noriyuki / JPN / Renegade Ducati Koji /37'08.172 /
2 / Laconi Régis / FRA / Ducati Fila /37'08.306 / 0.134
3 / Martin Steve / AUS / D.F.Xtreme Sterilgarda /37'10.445 / 2.273
4 / Vermeulen Chris / AUS / Ten Kate Honda / 37'12.923 / 4.751
5 / Corser Troy / AUS / Foggy PETRONAS Racing / 37'16.218 / 8.046
6 / Ellison James / GBR / Jentin Racing / 37'18.081 / 9.909
7 / Toseland James / GBR / Ducati Fila / 37'18.197 / 10.025
8 / Coxhell Craig / AUS/ Vitrans Honda / 37'29.969 / 21.797
9 / Walker Chris / GBR/ Foggy PETRONAS Racing/ 37'34.309 / 26.137
10 / Nannelli Gianluca/ ITA/ Pedercini / 37'37.303 / 29.131
11 / Borciani Marco/ ITA / D.F.Xtreme Sterilgarda / 37'37.941 / 29.769
12 / Bussei Giovanni/ ITA / DeCecco Racing / 37'41.958 / 33.786
13 / Pedercini Lucio/ ITA / Pedercini / 37'43.238 / 35.066
14 / Clementi Ivan / ITA / Kawasaki Bertocchi / 37'44.591 / 36.419
15 / Bontempi Piergiorgio / ITA / Zongshen / 37'49.071 / 40.899
16 AUS Nowland Warwick Zongshen Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R 1000 25 38'02.029
17 ITA Velini Alessio UnionBike GiMotorsport Yamaha Yamaha YZF R1 25 38'16.230
RT ESP Fuertes Sergio MIR Racing Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R 1000 24 36'40.048
RT GBR Haslam Leon Renegade Ducati Koji Ducati Ducati 999 RS 23 34'20.284
RT ITA Chili Pierfrancesco PSG - 1 Corse Ducati Ducati 998 RS 18 26'43.610
RT FRA Gimbert Sebastien Yamaha France Yamaha Yamaha YZF R1 18 27'10.550
RT AUS McCoy Garry XEROX - Ducati Nortel Net. Ducati Ducati 999 RS 11 16'35.023
RT ITA De Matteis Giancarlo PSG - 1 Corse Ducati Ducati 999 RS 11 16'51.646
RT ITA Sanchini Mauro Kawasaki Bertocchi Kawasaki Kawasaki ZX 10 7 10'35.830
RT CZE Mrkyvka Jiri JM SBK Ducati Ducati 998 RS 7 10'47.953
RT POR Praia Miguel XEROX - Ducati Nortel Net. Ducati Ducati 999 RS 7 11'19.681
Fastest Lap: ITA Chili Pierfrancesco 1'28.094

Sunday Race Two (Laps 25 = 104,925 Km)
Pos /Rider /Nat. /Team / Time /Gap
1 / N.HAGA / JPN / Renegade Ducati Koji / 37'05.030 /
2 / P. CHILI / ITA / PSG - 1 Corse / 37'05.990 / 0.960
3 / C. VERMEULEN / AUS / Ten Kate Honda / 37'15.669 / 10.639
4 / C.WALKER / GBR / Foggy PETRONAS Racing / 37'28.694 / 23.664
5 / J. ELLISON / GBR / Jentin Racing / 37'29.142 / 24.112
6 / G.BUSSEI / ITA / DeCecco Racing / 37'31.463 / 26.433
7 / G.MCCOY / AUS / XEROX - Ducati Nortel Net. / 37'31.882 / 26.852
8 / C. COXHELL / AUS / Vitrans Honda / 37'36.113 / 31.083
9 / S. GIMBERT / FRA / Yamaha France / 37'36.251 / 31.221
10 / M.SANCHINI / ITA / Kawasaki Bertocchi / 37'36.924 / 31.894
11 / I. CLEMENTI / ITA / Kawasaki Bertocchi / 37'41.316 / 36.286
12 / P. BONTEMPI / ITA / Zongshen / 37'59.478 / 54.448
13 / S. FUERTES / ESP / MIR Racing / 38'06.454 / 1'01.424
14 / A. VELINI / ITA / UnionBike GiMotorsport / 38'25.080 / 1'20.050
15 / M.PRAIA / POR / XEROX - Ducati Nortel Net. / 38'10.685 / 2 Laps
Fastest Lap 13° Pierfrancesco Chili 1'28.201 171,304 Km/h

Championship Standings:
RIDERS: 1 LACONI 218, 2 VERMEULEN 216, 3 HAGA 212, 4 TOSELAND 210, 5 CHILI 180,
6 MCCOY 155, 7 MARTIN 135, 8 HASLAM 120, 9 CORSER 112, 10 WALKER 102,
Manufacturers Standings: 1 DUCATI 385, 2 HONDA 223, 3 PETRONAS 185, 4 KAWASAKI 99, 5 SUZUKI 77,
6 YAMAHA 60.

Holly Valance Rocks!
We had to go to Italy for World Ducati Week to discover sexy Aussie/Brit pop vocal & TV soap star Holy Valance and her newest CD "State of Mind" in the music store next to our Grand Hotel in the seaside town of Rimini. This beautiful babe really rocks with her smooth disco pop vocals similar to fellow Aussie Kyle Minogue!!

We have Holly spotlighted in the CD player of our BMW M3 where she kept us and the SBK FastDates.com Calendar Angels / Ducati Corse girls Nicki, Andra and Robin rockin' out on our 110mph run from Los Angeles up to Laguna Seca and back for World Superbike Weekend. Her import CD is a little pricy from Amazon.com, but will worth it. Click to Order.

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That's Nicki on the cover of
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Be warned - We under printed this year and will sell out early.

Nicki is featured on the cover of
2005 Fast Dates, Iron & Lace
and in Members Corner

Nicki is a Renegade!
July 26th - Our own SBK World Superbike FastDates.com Calendar Angel Nicki Lane (and Miss Great Britain) has just been contracted to be the official spokesmodel for the British Team Renegade Ducati in World Superbike with riders Nori Haga and Leon Haslam. The team has just picked up additional sponsorship from a new Japanese apparel company named Koji which is similar to our Von Dutch, and Nicki will also be assisting in introducing Koji apparel to the European market. Nicki's official duties kick off this next weekend at her home World Superbike Round at Brands Hatch, GB.

Renegade Ducati Koji
Team Renegade to unveil new livery at Brands Hatch. Star World Superbike team Renegade Ducati has announced that it will unveil a collaboration with KOJI resulting in a completely new, hard hitting, and dynamic look to the team.

"This change has been brought about as part of a unique arrangement with the highly exclusive lifestyle brand KOJI. “Our association with Renegade reinforces the KOJI brand’s commitment to a total lifestyle experience, and are pleased to have been able to Koji’fy the team,” said a spokesperson.
The KOJI design team has brought about a complete image transformation, injecting a cutting edge slant into the image of World Superbikes, replacing the usual tired and uninspired format normally presented at this type of event.

KOJI is bringing a new colour scheme to the machines of Noriyuki Haga and Leon Haslam for this weekend. KOJI’s in house design team have also spent the last few weeks redesigning the garage entrance and backdrop, which has been hand painted using a traditional graffiti style using only spray cans, by the KOJI artists, headed by world famous artist Lee Jones.

As team principal Mark Griffiths explained,the new presentation of the Renegade team will be unmistakable, adding immense extra strength to what is already a force to be reckoned with.
“ The Koji guys are very impressive with everything that they do and the transformation of Team Renegade that will be seen by the fans and the media will be breathtaking,” commented Griffiths.

He went on to say “ we are always keen to introduce new ideas and innovations to maintain Renegade’s high profile, and this weekend with all the changes introduced by the KOJI team, we’ll be setting new standards. The concept for the garage backdrop has never been done before and can only be described as sensational, and we can promise a lot of surprises for the fans this weekend”

Renegade Koji Riders off to a Sold Start at Brands Hatch as our Nicki Lane joins the Team
Haga and Haslam-despite Broken Wrist, are quick in Qualifying

July 30th - Team Renegade used the Brands Hatch Weekend to introduce their team in new Koji apparel sponsorship livery with our own FastDates.com Calendar Angel Nicki Lane as the newly contracted spokesmodel for the team.

Noriyuki Haga and Leon Haslam made their mark during the opening free practice session of this weekend’s round 8 of the Superbike World Championship, finishing second and fourth respectively. Their performances could have been better still, with both riders suffering braking problems throughout the hour-long session. Both sets of engineers are now working on the problem ahead of this afternoon’s first qualifying practice.

Leon Haslam’s result stunned all observers, with the rider taking to the circuit with a triple fracture of his left wrist, sustained during the second race at Laguna Seca. He completed a total of 21 laps in the session, posting a best time of 1’29.22, a mere .83 seconds behind the provisional pole time of 1’28.39 set by Pier Francesco Chili.

“I knew that it would be painful but I never expected it to be this bad. The pain took my breath away at times,” said a defiant Haslam.
Apart from the braking problem, Haga also reported some minor handling problems in the second sector of the circuit.

Some setting changes will be made to his first choice machine with a view to improving the bike for this afternoon’s qualifying session. Haga completed a total of 29 laps during the session, the highest of any rider, and an unusual event given the normally economical lapping of the mighty Samurai!

“This is a very important weekend for me, and I really need to score two wins to keep my championship challenge going,” commented Haga. “I always take races very seriously but I will be giving it everything at Brands Hatch. I need to do well here.”

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

Above: Paul Yaffe roasts marshmellows. Below: "Joe Millionaire" Evan Marriot with Purrfect Angelz Lisa Lagdon (featured in the August Playboy) and two Team Bolt-On Cuties.

Naked Desmosedici! FastDates.com takes an exclusive visit inside the
Ducati Corse MotoGP Race Shop!
Plus - See our visit to
Ducati Racing School
At Misani Italy!

Proposed 2005 AMA Superbike Rule Changes Miss the Big Picture
Editor's Note: Below is a press release from AMA Pro Racing which announced "new" rule changes for the 2005 season. The only noteworthy item we read in what are really just mionor changes are to allow any rider to race in any class. Effectively the AMA is trying to fill out its less than full starting grids in classes which have less than full support from all the factory teams.

PICKERINGTON, Ohio (July 25, 2004) -- AMA Pro Racing has announced the proposed technical rule changes for the 2005 AMA Chevrolet Superbike Championship. AMA Pro Racing licensed riders and credential holders may comment on proposed rule changes during a 30-day period beginning Monday, July 26 through Wednesday August 25. Comments can be made on AMA Pro Racing’s RIDERS ONLY website at www.amaproracing.com/ridersonly. At the conclusion of the 30-day period, AMA Pro Racing will review submissions prior to forwarding the package to the AMA Pro Racing Board of Directors for ratification.
Proposed technical rule changes for the 2005 season can be viewed at www.ussuperbike.com.

The 2005 AMA Chevrolet Superbike Championship will include current support classes (Supersport, Formula Xtreme and Superstock) and discussions are ongoing to include a spec class at certain rounds.

Scott Hollingsworth, AMA Pro Racing CEO confirmed that 1000cc Superbikes will remain the premier class in the championship.
“The current technical rules and class structure that went into effect at the end of 2003 have increased parity, lowered equipment costs and produced some of the most competitive, hard fought racing in years,” said Hollingsworth. “We expect to see these technical rules continue through 2006 and believe this stability will result in continued growth in fan interest as well as greater manufacturer participation.”

Currently Ducati, Honda and Suzuki field factory-supported teams. Each manufacturer has earned at least one victory in the 2004 season.

“Expanding the appeal of AMA Superbike racing is one of the core initiatives of AMA Pro Racing,” continued Hollingsworth. “Many of our promotional partners report that AMA Superbike events represent the highest attended spectator event at their respective facilities. We’re confident that our championship will continue to provide positive, long term value to our fans, sponsors, riders and teams.”

Ducati Proceeds With
Purchase of Aprilia!

Bologna, July 30 2004 - Ducati Motor Holding S.p.A. (NYSE: DMH, Borsa Italiana S.p.A.: DMH), in accordance with the terms of the sale process initiated by the advisors of the Aprilia Group (Caretti & Associati and Interbanca), presented today the master agreement for the acquisition of the majority stake of the Aprilia Group and a proposal for the continued operations of the company, with a financial and management contribution for the period necessary to complete the transaction, in the interest of Aprilia and the future combined motorcycle company.

"We were able, notwithstanding the very tight time-frame established by the sale process, to complete the initial due diligence phase and to prepare a master agreement and a proposal for the continued operations of the company of which were are very satisfied,"- commented Federico Minoli, President and CEO of Ducati Motor Holding.

"Within the complicated and delicate negotiations, we rigorously respected the timing and confidentiality obligations necessary for a transaction of this nature, which we were able to do because of the solidity and concreteness of our business plan and the merits and value of our proposal for all stakeholders.

Our master agreement for the restructuring and continued operations of the Aprilia Group is based on a solid business plan shared with the company and its stakeholders that contemplates a restructuring of the debt and a recapitalization of the group.
In light of incorrect reports that appeared in some national media which created some commotion in the negotiations and put in jeopardy the reaching of an agreement, we report below the principal elements of the agreement with the specific purpose of providing correct information and reassurance regarding the transaction to all involved stakeholders:
an agreement will be entered into to support the continued operations of Aprilia Group, with a financial and management contribution by Ducat, until the execution of the definitive agreement, expected to occur in the fall."

Ducati contemplates a capital increase of at least euro 40 million, to be used for the recapitalization of the Aprilia Group;
the Aprilia Groupís creditor banks will be provided with a guarantee in respect of a new finance loan extended to the Aprilia Group in May 2004, and such banks will receive some participation in the upside through the conversion of part of the debt into Ducati shares, which are listed on the NYSE and on the Italian Stock Exchange;
the debt of the bondholders will be protected in a manner to be determined pursuant to negotiations with the bondholdersí meeting; the continuing operations of the Aprilia Group will be guaranteed to suppliers, thereby guaranteeing their present and future revenues; and current shareholders will be given a non-operative role consistent with their competencies and professional prestige in the market and representative of the history and tradition of the Aprilia Group.
Lastly, we emphasize our intention to maintain the identity of each of the trademarks of the Aprilia Group, which are tied to their own history and geographic area, and the respect of each of the current production sites.

SoCal Ducati Triumph is
new MV Agusta Dealer

in Los Angeles
MV Agusta finally has a dealer in their biggest potential market in America, that being Los Angeles.
MotoExotics which includes Southern California Triumph and Southern California Ducati is now your new MV Agusta dealer for the Los Angeles and Orange County area.

Owner, Tom Hicks, states “we will treat MV Agusta in the same manner that has made Southern California Triumph and Southern California Ducati the premiere Triumph and Ducati dealers in the country.”

Go see the MV Agustas in their showroom:MotoExotics
515 West Lambert Rd, Brea, CA. 92821 (714) 256-6700 fax (714) 256-6709
www.motoexotics.com tom@motoexotics.com