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Round 10 - Italy - Imola
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Open Paddock and Minimotard challenge

Great fun on Thursday 23rd September at the Imola Circuit. A great opportunity for all the fans to meet the riders and visit the Paddock and the garages free of charge.

The riders from Superbike, Supersport, and Superstock will be available for an autograph session that will take place in the SBK Paddock Show, located in the centre of the paddock. All Teams will also be available in either their Hospitality Unit and/or Pit Garages to meet/greet the public.

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World Superbike is Number One on UK television
The Superbike World Championship round at Assen in the Netherlands last weekend dominated viewing figures and audience share for motor sport programming across the United Kingdom audience of more than 1.4-million viewers on the BBC for the two races.

Once again the Championship attracted very good numbers during what was an extremely busy weekend of televised motorsport. Other televised events included the Portuguese round of the MotoGP Championship from Estoril, the Japanese round of the World Rally Championship, as well as British Touring Cars.

FGSPORT is the Superbike World Championship rights holders and marketing manager Robert Wicks, said: "We are extremely happy to see the Championship consistently achieving this level in the UK market.† We find ourselves in September with two events still to go and any one of five different riders could take Championship title ñ this makes for really close racing and great excitement for our viewers."

Race 1 achieved an audience of 483,000 viewers with a share of 7.6% while Race 2 had 924,000 viewers and a share of 11.4%, the highest of any motor sport broadcast in the United Kingdom over the weekend including MotoGP.
More than 76,000 fans attended the Assen round and enjoyed some of the most thrilling racing of the year. The next round of the Championship takes place at Imola from 24 - 26 September followed by the final round of the season at Magny Cours in France from 1-3 October.

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PICKERINGTON, Ohio (Sept. 14, 2004) -- AMA Pro Racing today announced the AMA Chevrolet Superbike Championship event at Virginia International Raceway and AMA Supermoto Championship event at South Boston Speedway scheduled for this weekend have been postponed due to complications related to Hurricane Ivan. AMA Pro Racing is continuing discussions with both Virginia International Raceway and South Boston Speedway regarding possible make-up dates. The AMA Progressive Insurance Flat Track Championship race at Scioto Downs in Columbus, Ohio, currently remains scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 19. For more information about AMA Pro Racing, visit www.amaproracing.com.

So many curves... so little time! Rockin' Robin does thenew 999R0R in our exclusive first world test.

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Robin dishes the inside scoup on whether the new $30,000 999R 05 high class Call Girl can deliver the goods, and how it compares to the Plain Jane $17,000 Ducati 999 girl next door, and her tarted up $23,000 Sister 999S.

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Robin Cunningham was our offical SBK World Superbike Fast Dates calendar Angel and Team Ducati Corse umbrella girl for World Championship points leader Regis Laconi at Laguna Seca. All the the sexy details are in Fast Dates News.

Also look for "Rockin Robin" featured as hostess on 3 new TV shows premiering this fall. Robin will be hosting the WB Channel's new X-Music Network show starting in September where she will be interviewing hot up and coming new bands. She will also be hosting on Black Belt TV, a new martial arts TV network premiering in November, as well as the new TV series Underwater Odessy about swimming with Dolphins on the ABC Family Channel.

Below: When Robin's not outrunning the California Highway Patrol on Stunt Road with a test bike during the week, she can be found most weekends hanging out on the starting grid at some local race track.

Our own Rockin' Robin Cunningham says "I'm Ready!"
Eric Bostrom to Miss AMA Season Finale at Virgnia International

Ducat Corse bringing in Lorenzo Lanzi and a yet Unamed Replacement

September 8, 2004
– Parts Unlimited Ducati Austin’s Eric Bostrom will be forced to miss the final round of the AMA Superbike series at Virginia International Raceway due to injuries sustained from a high-speed crash at Road Atlanta this weekend.

During a visit yesterday to Dr. Art Ting’s Northern California office, the orthopedic surgeon and sports injury specialist diagnosed Bostrom as having a dislocated shoulder with a posterior labral tear, contusions and bruising to the socket and humeral head, and a broken rib.
Dr. Ting has mandated two weeks of complete immobility to be followed by another re-evaluation and a possible probe to determine if surgery will be required. Last July Dr. Ting performed surgery on the same shoulder to repair damage sustained when Eric was caught up in a multi-bike crash during the World Superbike race at Laguna Seca.

“It’s a huge disappointment to end the season this way, especially because I never got to show our speed at Road Atlanta and to show the progress that the team has worked hard to make,” said the 27-year-old rider from Las Vegas, Nevada. “Our times on race tires were strong and I felt we would have been contenders and would have made the race interesting. At the very least we would’ve gotten much better results than we’ve earned lately.

“Missing VIR two years in a row is a big disappointment, especially because the last time that we raced Superbike there we beat Mat after having an epic battle with him. I want to apologize to Ducati, my team, my sponsors, and also to my fans for not being able to compete next weekend. I’m looking forward to quickly getting back to top physical condition.” Bostrom will be in attendance at VIR to sign autographs.

The Parts Unlimited Ducati Austin team will be fielding two riders for the final event at VIR on September 17-19. Ducati Corse’s factory World Supersport rider Lorenzo Lanzi, who tested at VIR in August, is scheduled to race while a replacement rider for Bostrom will soon be announced. - END PRESS RELEASE

When our own SBK Fast Dates World Superbike Calendar Angel and Ducati Corse girl and Miss Texas "Rockin' Robin" Cunningham heard of the team's unfortunate and dire need to replace the injured Bostrom for the season final AMA race at VIR, there was no hesitation in her mind....

"I'm ready!" Robin exclaimed. " I can't let the team down, all the great Bush fans back home in Texas, and certainly not American roadracing fans who are fed up with that Aussie guy Mladin running away with everything. I've got my call into Paolo and Davide now at Ducati Corse to let them know I'm ready to ride the other Team Ducati Austin bike if Toseland or Laconi can't break their hair stylist appointments to be there."

$250,000 Dreamcraft Studios Chopper 001
What do you get when you combine a race car engineer with a hot young graduate from the Art Center College of Design who have never built a motorcycle before? You get is a fresh, exciting, and futuristic chopper unlike anything the motorcycle indusrty has ever seen before.

Convention is thrown aside with the fuel for the full stock Harley Twin-Cam engine hidden in a flowing backbone frame reminiscent of the creature in 'Alien". The projector headlights with their extended eyeshades have the piercing look of a futuristic android. The exhaust system is a twist of snakes converging in a strange bulging collector with 4 red hot outlets.

Also extraordinary is the race car inspired chopper looking front suspension which uses lever arms acting on exotic externally adjustable racing air shocks to provide "correct" suspension movement with wheel travel perpendicular to the road. Whereas conventional motorcycle forks which are extended at a severe axle for the correct chopper look, will bind up and more 'suspension" is provided by the flexing of the fork legs rather than the actual compressing of the forks.

The Dreamcraft Chopper, a first ever effort between race car engineer Larry Nagel and Art Center grad Paul Young, had it's industry world premier at the 2004 Los Angeles Calendar Motorcycle Show. With the time it took them both to desing and build Chopper 001 from scratch, its estimated cost is around $1/4 million dollars.

Sounds expensive? Naw. On just their first day dispalying the bike at the LA Calendar Show the team received blank check commissions from an extreamely wealthy collector for them to build two new bikes even wilder than old Number 001 here. We can hardly wait to see Numbers 002 and 003. And neither can Tanea.

Jim Gianatsis photographed the Dreamcraft Chopper for the next FastDates.com Iron & Lace Calendar after its world premier at the 2004 Los Angeles Calendar Motorcycle Show. The sexy brunette beauty vamping herself all over the bike is Tanea Brooks, a professional model and dancer, and member of the Purrfect Angelz all-girl burlesque show troupe which had also performed at our Bike Show where Jim first met her. Needlsas to say, Tanea was our purrfect Ridley to tame this wild Alien. To see more of this wild creature visitthe Iron & Lace Garage.

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Chris Vermeulen (17) lookes at Toseland just in front of him as he fights off Chili, Haga and Laconi just behind, in an exciting raceweekend for the history books.

2004 SBK World Superbike Championship, Assen Round 9 of 11

In an Exciting 5-Way Battle for Both Races and the World Championship
Toseland / Ducati and Vermeulem / Honda take Wins at Assen

Assen, Holland, Sept 3-5th -It was one of the most exciting World Superbike rounds ever, with Assen being the second to last round of this year's World Superbike Championship season and 5 riders were still within striking distance of the crown. Both heats at Assen turned into a 5-way battle between those 5 Championship leading riders: Toseland, Laconi, Chili, Haga and Vermeulen. It ended as a split result with Race One and Two proving the same close, but very different outcomes at the end of their 16-lap at hot and sunny Assen circuit in front of a large and enthusiastic mixed European and Dutch crowd of 76,000. When the day ended Toseland moved back on to the top of the points table with his win and second place.

In the opener James Toseland (Ducati Fila 999F004) secured his second race win of the season, holding off Pierfrancesco Chili (PSG-1 Ducati 998). In the second race Toseland had to concede the win. but only after a phenomenal last lap with eventual winner Chris Vermeulen (Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR) as the exchanged the lead 3 times and crossed the finish line just a wheel length apart, with the 3 other contenders hot on their matching spec Pirellis. it might be a 2 horse race (Ducati vs Honda) on spec tires, but the racing in World Superbike this season is as close or closer than it ever has been, and certainly much more difficult to call than this year's MotoGP and AMA Championships.

Old Dogs and New Tricks: Frankie and the venerable Ducati 998R02, with Calendar Angel Andra Cobb.

Frankie Conquers His Favorite Track in Practice and Superpole
Sept 3/4th - RAPID FIRE FRANKIE: Pierfrancesco Chili (PSG-1 Ducati 998) proved his life affirming pre-race comments at Assen" that life begins at 40" really are true by heading the time sheets in the Superbike class. Already a race winner this year on his 999-engined 998RS machine, the current best lap holder once more proved fastest of the field, setting a 2:04.028s mark as the one hour first timed session drew to a close. Second qualifying and Superpole will determine the final grid positions, but on day one Chili showed his intentions for the entire weekend at Assen, a track he reveres above all others.

ITALIAN INVASION: Gianluca Nannelliís first day riding power put him second in the time sheets, only 0.286 seconds away from provisional pole. It was another impressive showing for the class rookie, on a supposedly outdated 998cc Ducati RS machine, expertly prepared by the Pedercini Team. The 31-year-old is one of four Italian riders on the front row, in a glory day for riders of 998 style Ducatis.

HONDA HOMECOMING: Their bike might be Japanese but the Ten Kate Team is a potent mix of Dutch expertise and Australian riding talent, with Chris Vermeulen (Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR) once more attacking the stopwatch with some success, despite many niggling problems with machine set-up. The whole Ten Kate squad, including the machine, are SBK rookies, but at present Vermeulen lies only two points from a share of the championship lead.

BUSSEI BLOSSOMS: After a recent return to the Superbike class, after a sojourn in World Supersport, Giovanni Bussei (De Cecco Racing 998RS) has made a mark, none bigger than finishing day one at the challenging and fast Assen circuit in fourth position. He had the satisfaction of not only beating all the works machines but every Ducati 999-based bike on the grid.

WORKS IN PROGRESS: James Toseland (Ducati Fila 999F04) proved to be the best of the official Ducati entries, running his big twin to fifth place, over a second slower than Chili, with a time of 2:05.096. His team-mate, Regis Laconi lost ground in the second sector of the track, finishing a disappointed eighth, clawing his way onto the final place on the second row of the provisional grid.

KWAK ATTACK: A good day for the Bertocchi Kawasaki squad put Ivan Clementi sixth on the score sheet, running his 1000cc Kawasaki ZX-10 at a high pace in the final result. His team-mate Mauro Sanchini (Kawasaki Bertocchi ZX-10) ran out 11th on day one.

RENEGADE RUNNERS: Leon Haslam showed his rate of progress is continuing to gather momentum, as he outperformed his championship-challenging team-mate Noriyuki Haga on day one. His seventh best placing was in marked contrast to Hagaís 14th. The Ducati Renegade Koji 998RS riders are both expected to improve on day two, with the wonderful weather conditions predicted to continue throughout the three days of competition at Assen.

TOP TENS: Steve Martin (DFX Ducati 999RS) and Troy Corser (Foggy Petronas FP-1) completed a complicated top ten at Assen, with the experienced Piergiorgio Bontempi running out 11th on the improving Zong Shen Suzuki GSX-R1000.

SUPERSPORT: Another quite outstanding performance from championship leader Karl Muggeridge (Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR) gave him the upper hand in the first Supersport session, putting a whole second between himself and a chasing pack headed by his own team-mate Broc Parkes (Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR). Muggeridgeís time of 2:06.249 was untouchable, and may even prove to be the pole time in its own right. Sebastien Charpentier (Klaffi Honda CBR600RR) was third, with Muggeridgeís main championship challenger Jurgen van den Goorbergh (Yamaha Italia R6) fourth, and in an overnight front row position.

Friday qualifying times, Superbike World Championship, round 9, Assen: 1 Chili 2:04.028; 2 Nannelli 2:04.314; 3 Vermeulen 2;04.859; 4 Bussei 2:05.086; 5 Toseland 2:05.096; 6 Clementi 2:05.382; 7 Hasalm 2:05.410; 8 Laconi 2:05.459; 9 Martin 2:05.552; 10 Corser 2:05.742; 16 Walker 2:06.665
Free practice times: 1 Vermeulen (Ten Kate Honda) 2:05.644; 2 Laconi (Ducati Fila) 2:05.675; 3 Toseland (Ducati Fila) 2:05.773; 4 Bussei (DeCecco Racing) 2:06.310; 5 Borciani (DFX) 2:06.528; 6 Chili (PSG-1) 2:06.629; 7 Walker (Foggy PETRONAS Racing) 2:06.724; 8 Bontempi (Zongshen) 2:06.752; 9 Haslam (Renegade Ducati) 2:06.795; 10 Haga (Renegade Ducati) 2:06.882; 13 Corser (Foggy PETRONAS Racing) 2:07.134


Saturday 4th - THE BOLOGNA EXPRESS: After several close calls earlier in the season, Pierfrancesco Chili (PSG-1 Ducati 998) took his first Superpole win of the 2004 season, running out the victor with a time of 2:03.103 - the fastest official lap of the weekend so far. The 40-year-old phenomenon, the holder of the fastest ever SBK lap of Assen set in 2003, was in untouchable form. He won the otherwise closely contested Superpole by over 0.6 seconds, an age even at such a long track as Assen. Currently fifth in the championship fight, two wins for "Frankie" on Sunday would make the championship battle a five-way affair with two rounds to go.

FILA FORCE FIELDED: After some difficult times in recent events, there were smiles all round in the Ducati pit at the post qualifying prowess of the official factory Ducati Fila squad members, James Toseland and Regis Laconi. Toseland just edged out Laconi for the second best grid position by 0.101 seconds as he strove for his first Superpole win of 2004.

YELLOW PEARL: The Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR of Chris Vermeulen set the fourth best time of the Superpole session, earning a front row start, nut only after the 22-year-old Australian experienced some front end chatter problems in regulation qualifying. In front of his Ten Kate teamís home crowd, a front row start for the second placed championship contender was a popular result in most areas of the expansive Assen grandstands.

It was Dog eat Duck at Assen as Haga and Toseland trade paint in Race One.

Race One to James Toseland, Fila Ducati 999F04
James Toseland (Ducati Fila) moved back on to the top of the points table with a win and a second place in front of 76,000 fans at a scorching Assen circuit in the Netherlands. Toselandís 45-point haul came in a superb day of racing which saw the top 5 championship contenders battle every inch of the way in the two 16-lap races. Team-mate Regis Laconi finished on the podium with a third in race 1 followed by a fifth place in race 2, when the win went to Chris Vermeulen (Honda).

Toseland declared: "It was great racing today, elbow-bashing with Nori and so close with Chris. I hate great races and finishing second but 45 points out of this weekend is what we need to do if we want to win this championship. There are a lot of people knocking on the door but Iíve just got to ride like this every week until the end of the season."

"There are a lot of British fans who come to Assen and I didnít want to let them down. Here itís such a fast flowing circuit and difficult to pull away, I only got a two second gap in the first race and the other guys were battling behind and slowed themselves down, Then in race 2 I knew they were on my tail, I could hear them at every curve. Fair play to Chris, it was disappointing I finished second but it was good for the championship"

Race Two to Chris Vermeulen, Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR
: A quite outstanding fight between the two youngest championship challengers went to Vermeulen, who had made changes to his set-up. He attacked Toseland, the front-runner for much of the race once more, and they exchanged the lead three times on the last lap, with Vermeulen just holding on to his lead by 0.037 seconds. Haga was third overall, 0.117 seconds down; in one of the closest ever SBK finishes.

"The second race was quite difficultî commented Laconi."I didnít start very well and then I felt immediately I had movement at the front of the bike when I entered the corner and it got worse and worse. That made me go wide all the time, I tried to do my best to follow but I decided that it was best to settle for fifth and take the points. Itís not the best thing, but itís better than nothing.

"I am sure that the two last races will be good for me because I always have good results at Imola and Magny-Cours. I am confident now, the bike is good, we still have two dayís testing in Magny-Cours so all is not lost for the championship. This is a crazy season, very good for the fans but Iím not too worried about the points situation."

Four riders, separated by 14 points, are still in with a chance of the title as World Superbike heads to Imola on 26 September and then Magny-Cours one week later for its exciting finale.

THE FIGHT CONTINUES: With all the changes of fortune at the front in the Assen races, the championship fight is still desperately tight, with two rounds and four races still to go. 14 points now cover Toseland, Vermeulen, Laconi and Haga, while Pierfrancesco Chiliís second and fourth places at Assen put him 42 points behind Toseland. In a bizarre weekend for the leading championship places, Toseland entered the round in fourth place, and now leads with 255 points. Vermeulen remains a close second, on a new total of 252, while pre-race leader Laconi is now third, with 245 points. Noriyuki Haga, who looked capable of another of his stalk-and pounce wins, failed in this objective in either race, and is now fourth, on 241. The wins totals in SBK 2004 are now Laconi and Haga with five apiece, Vermeulen with four, Toseland two, with Chili and Garry McCoy taking a single each.

Superbike Race 1: (Laps 16 = 96,432 Km)
Pos /Rider /Nat. /Team /Time /Gap
1 / J. TOSELAND / GBR / Ducati Fila / 33'32.879 /
2 / P. CHILI / ITA / PSG - 1 Corse / 33'33.191 / 2.138
3 / R. LACONI / FRA / Ducati Fila / 33'33.307 / 2.450
4 / N.HAGA / JPN / Ducati / 33'39.785 / 2.566
5 / C. VERMEULEN / AUS / Ten Kate Honda / 33'46.626 / 9.044
6 / L. HASLAM / GBR / Renegade Ducati Koji / 33'47.579 / 15.885
7 / S. MARTIN / AUS / D.F.Xtreme Sterilgarda / 33'47.729 / 16.838
8 / G.MCCOY / AUS / XEROX - Ducati Nortel Net. / 33'48.932 / 16.988
9 / M.BORCIANI / ITA / D.F.Xtreme Sterilgarda / 33'50.099 / 18.191
10 / T. CORSER / AUS / Foggy PETRONAS Racing / 34'01.675 / 19.358
11 / G.NANNELLI / ITA / Pedercini / 34'10.932 / 30.934
12 / C.WALKER / GBR / Foggy PETRONAS Racing / 34'21.820 / 40.191
13 / P. BONTEMPI / ITA / Zongshen / 34'23.198 / 51.079
14 / W.NOWLAND / AUS / Zongshen / 34'34.379 / 52.457
15/S. FUERTES/ESP/MIR Racing//1'03.638
Fastest Lap 2° Noriyuki Haga 2'04.360 174,471 Km/h
Superbike Race 1 (Laps 16 = 96,432 Km)
Pos /Rider /Nat. /Team /Time /Gap
1 / C. VERMEULEN / AUS / Ten Kate Honda / 33'31.968 /
2 / J. TOSELAND / GBR / Ducati Fila / 33'32.005 / 0.037
3 / N.HAGA / JPN / Ducati / 33'32.085 / 0.117
4 / P. CHILI / ITA / PSG - 1 Corse / 33'35.873 / 3.905
5 / R. LACONI / FRA / Ducati Fila / 33'38.548 / 6.580
6 / L. HASLAM / GBR / Renegade Ducati Koji / 33'50.141 / 18.173
7 / T. CORSER / AUS / Foggy PETRONAS Racing / 33'55.064 / 23.096
8 / M.BORCIANI / ITA / D.F.Xtreme Sterilgarda / 34'05.239 / 33.271
9 / I. CLEMENTI / ITA / Kawasaki Bertocchi / 34'05.484 / 33.516
10 / C.WALKER / GBR / Foggy PETRONAS Racing / 34'05.783 / 33.815
11 / G.BUSSEI / ITA / DeCecco Racing / 34'08.326 / 36.358
12 / P. BONTEMPI / ITA / Zongshen / 34'08.786 / 36.818
13 / W.NOWLAND / AUS / Zongshen / 34'18.369 / 46.401
14 / S. FUERTES / ESP / MIR Racing / 34'46.250 / 1'14.282
15 / R. MENZEN / NED / Robert Menzen Racing / 35'04.952 / 1'32.984
Fastest Lap 5° Noriyuki Haga 2'04.831 173,813 Km/h

Riders Championship Standings:
1 TOSELAND 255, 2 VERMEULEN 252, 3 LACONI 245, 4 HAGA 241, 5 CHILI 213, 6 MCCOY 163, 7 MARTIN 144, 8 HASLAM 140, 9 CORSER 127, 10 BORCIANI 114, 11 WALKER 112, 12 SANCHINI 79, 13 CLEMENTI 73, 14 BONTEMPI 60, 15 NANNELLI 52.
Manufacturers Standings:
1 DUCATI 430, 2 HONDA 259, 3 PETRONAS 173, 4 KAWASAKI 106, 5 SUZUKI 84.

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Alton (Virginia) - September 14, 2004: Italians Lorenzo Lanzi and Giovanni Bussei will team up with Parts Unlimited Ducati Austin for the season finale at the AMA Superbike race at Virginia International Raceway this weekend. The two races at the 2.25 mile (3.62 km) road course will wrap up the 2004 season, which saw the return of a full factory-supported Ducati team to the American series.

Eric Bostrom suffered shoulder and rib injuries from a high-speed crash at Road Atlanta that will force him to miss the final round. "It’s really disappointing to miss this race, but after visiting with Dr. Ting, it became clear that it wouldn’t be safe to ride so soon,” explained the 27-year-old from Las Vegas, Nevada. “We’ll be visiting him again next week to see which direction we need to go to quickly get the shoulder up to full strength. And I’m still going to be in Virginia to meet with fans and support the team, Ducati, and all of our partners."

Ducati Corse’s factory World Supersport rider Lorenzo Lanzi has visited the Virginia track once before during a test session in August. The 22-year-old from Cesena, Italy, currently sixth in the World Supersport points table, is excited about his AMA debut.

"I’m feeling really good about the AMA race – hopefully we can get a good result,” declared Lanzi. “I like the VIR track a lot. It’s a beautiful place, full of ups and downs and very safe. The bike is going well and in the couple of tests I’ve done, I’ve gone well with the Michelins. My rivals out on the track will be different, but this race is a new stimulus for me as I will be up against some really strong riders.”

World Superbike veteran Giovanni Bussei is no stranger to the Parts Unlimited Ducati Austin team, having raced with them in the latter half of the 2003 season. Bussei was poised for a podium finish last year at VIR when he mistook the penultimate lap’s waving white flag (not used in European racing) combined with a checkered flag in the background, as signaling the end of the race. The Turin-born Italian rider, who will celebrate his 32nd birthday on Wednesday, is looking forward to working again with some familiar faces.

"I'd like to say a big thanks to Ducati for giving me the chance to race the AMA season finale. It’s really great to be going back for this race as part of the factory Parts Unlimited Ducati Austin team,” commented Bussei, who returned to World Superbike at Brands Hatch with a private Ducati 998RS after racing the first half of the season in World Supersport.
“Last year I had some good races with the 998, including this one at Virginia, but this will be a new experience for me with the 999. I rode the bike for the first time last week at Mugello and I feel pretty sure I can get a good result for the team at VIR.

The Apriia saga continues....
Piaggio is out, Ducati is back again in an attempt to buy part or all of the major manufaturer who is some $265 million in debt, Aprilia posted a $52.9 million dollars loss on $643 million in sales in 2003......

Bologna, September 9th, 2004, Ducati Motor Holding S.p.A. (NYSE: DMH, Borsa
Italiana S.p.A.: DMH), a leading manufacturer of high performance
motorcycles today confirmed its interest in the Aprilia Group, reiteratingits offer made on July 30th, 2004.

In addition, Ducati has confirmed its interest in Moto Guzzi and Aprilia’s off-road project, recognizing an indicative value of Euro 40 Million for these assets

Who the Hell is Ten Kate?
And how are they beating the factory teams?

August is over,
Zdenka is Back...
...and Hotter Than Ever!
Sure, the month of August was a slow week in motorcycle racing. There's nothing left in American roadracing for AMA Pro Racing to screw up. There hasn't been any new up and coming riders in years. There's no new 600cc Supersport bikes so the print magazines can bore us with their annual "Exclusive 600cc Supersport 6-way Shootout!"

That just leaves us, FastDates.com, with all the cool stuff like hot bikes and cool babes, including this month, the world's first test of the new 2005 Ducati 999R Superbike with the mouth wattering Miss Texas and World Superbike girl, Robin Cunningham.

And for you real sexverts, we'd like to introduce you again to our beautiful FastDates.com calendal Angel, Penthouse Pet and Czech mate Zdenka. This beauty from Prauge has been featured in our calendars since 2001, and was our offical SBK Fast Dates Calendar girl at Laguna Seca in 2002 with those photos appearing in 2003 Fast Dates. Zdenka has also served as the official Aprilia MotoGP umbrella girl (left) at her home circuit of Bruno the last 3 years wearing some pretty sexy domimatrix gear.

Zenka returned to Los Angeles this summer looking hotter than ever and we were happy to shoot her for the next 2006 Calendars, plus a sexy nude pictorial for our Members Corner where you can visit Sexy Zdenka right now! Who says summer has to be boring?

Ducat's i Delima
Who will Ducati select replace Bostrom at VIR?

(See Ducati Press Release at right) Hopefully Ducati Corse might send a current World Superbike contender Toseland, Laconi, or even Frankie Chili to come over and race the final AMA race at VIR along with Lorenzo Lanzi. The only probem is that all 3 of these winning Ducati riders are in the points racelead for the World Superbike Championship and can't risk crashing and being hurt at a back water race in Podunk, Virginia.

But America is Ducati's biggest market and they can't be embarassed.
Ducati definetly needa a rider capable of beating Suzuki's Matt Mladin and winning the race at VIR. But there just aren't any "up and coming" Americans worth investing in.
Particularly for a 1-time race coming in cold, Ducati needs to bring a proven and current WSB Ducati winner.

Former World Superbike winners Troy Bayliss and Ruben Xaus are again a good choice to head a new Ducati Corse team in America in 2005, but they are unfortunately racing the Japane motoGP the same weekend as VIR. Lorenzo Lanzi may be their only rider choice for VIR this year when there are so many American riders in America, but non capable of winning the AMA National on a factory Ducati.

Who do you think Ducati should put on Eric Bostrom's Superbike for VIR and why?

Japanese Grand Prix
Motegi, Japan

Gauloises Fortuna Yamaha Team riders Valentino Rossi and Carlos Checa, leading forces in the ever-growing MotoGP circus, now leave the European arena behind in their quest for their next haul of championship points, starting at Motegi in Japan. The Japanese Grand Prix, the lone event in Yamaha’s home country this season due to safety modifications being carried out at Suzuka, kicks off an Asian and Middle Eastern run of MotoGP events over the next few weeks. Formerly known as the Pacific GP, Motegi has taken over Suzuka’s formal title as the Japanese Grand Prix.

After Rossi’s sixth win of the year at the recent Estoril round and a positive post-race test in readiness for the end of season intercontinental races, the whole Gauloises Fortuna Yamaha Team approaches the Motegi event with high expectations. Rossi, winner of the last three World Championships in the MotoGP class, has adapted to the Yamaha YZR-M1 in a spectacularly successful manner, winning the season opener at Welkom, and following it up with additional victories at Mugello, Barcelona, Assen, Donington and now Estoril. His most recent triumph gave him an impressive and significant 29 point lead, as his main championship rival Sete Gibernau could only finish fourth overall in Portugal.

After a positive Estoril result for Rossi’s team-mate Carlos Checa, in both race and post-event test sessions, the 31-year-old London resident approaches the final flyaway races with genuine prospects for improving his championship position of sixth, before the season concludes in his native Spain in Valencia on 31 October.
Rossi’s win at Estoril was his 39th in the premier class and his 65th Grand Prix victory overall, a remarkable achievement for a 25-year-old rider who took both the 125cc and 250cc World Championship crowns before his move to the premier class in the 2000 season.


Having improved his win average for the season to over 50% of all races, Rossi has every reason to feel confident in his and his team’s abilities as Motegi approaches. London-resident Rossi, born in the Marche region of Italy, fully realises the importance of this race, held in front of all the Japanese factory personnel. He is nonetheless encouraged by the results of the recent Estoril test, where small changes to his YZR-M1 gave him slightly more fulsome and smoother bottom range power.

“Each remaining race is really important now we’re heading towards the end of the season,” said Rossi. “Motegi will be really important and may be the hardest race for us. It’s a Honda track and they will have an extra wildcard rider there. It will be quite difficult to beat everyone but I will try. Acceleration is the big requirement at Motegi; there are three 5th gear straights and one 6th gear. Hopefully we will find the horsepower we need.”

Motegi, although impressive in scale and build quality, is not a classic circuit in Rossi’s eyes. “It’s not one of my favourite tracks but I will give it my best go,” stated Valentino. “The flyaways are more difficult anyway because Europe feels more like you’re at home, you have your motorhome there, also I have the Yamaha truck where I get changed, and you have all your own equipment. The flyaways are less homely; you feel a bit more alone.”

Rossi’s ultimate aim is still to be isolated at the very top of the championship table come late October, but knows it may take that long for the title to be decided. “I still think it’s possible that the championship could be decided at the last race, but for sure it would be better if not!”

Rossi’s pre-race thoughts once more turn to how to overcome his competitors in Motegi and especially extend his lead over his main championship competitor.

“The Estoril victory was really important because Gibernau seemed to be so strong at the Czech Grand Prix,” affirmed Rossi. “There were five Honda bikes in the first five places at the Motegi race last year, so it will be quite hard for us there. But everyone in the team wants that victory so we’ll go for it!”

The Ducati Marlboro Team arrives at Twin Ring Motegi to begin a gruelling run of four overseas races over just five weekends. Competing in the Land of the Rising Sun for the first and only time this year, the Italian squad is anxious to continue the progress made with its Desmosedici GP4 over the last few months.

Although riders Loris Capirossi and Troy Bayliss didn't get close to the podium at the Marlboro Portuguese GP on September 5, both men rode determined races, racing through the pack from the fourth and fifth rows of the grid. But there's no doubt that they face another tough weekend at Motegi, a Honda-owned circuit constructed by the Japanese manufacture to celebrate its 50th anniversary in 1998, at a cost of US$350 million.

"We think this may be our most challenging race of the year," says Ducati Marlboro Team director Livio Suppo. "We never test in this track and we've only been there once in 2003 for the Pacific GP. Last year we had a tough time at Motegi, but we really learned a lot, so we're approaching this year's race in a positive state of mind. Although our results at Estoril don't look that great, our race pace was good, so I think we again showed we are improving. We know that we are heading in the right direction, so we'll keep going in that direction."

The Motegi track is very stop-and-go, dominated by slow-speed hairpins, so the most important performance factors are braking and low-gear acceleration. This requires a delicate compromise in set-up.
"At Motegi you need to set up the bike mostly for braking and acceleration, rather than corner speed," says Ducati Marlboro Team technical director Corrado Cecchinelli. "But you have to be careful, because the two things usually don't come together. If we choose the correct springs and suspension settings we can improve braking without hurting the bike's attitude during acceleration and vice versa. Last year at Motegi we had a tough time, but it was our first visit to the place, so at least now we know what the troubles may be."

After Sunday's racing the MotoGP circus continues its end-of-season overseas odyssey, with the Marlboro Qatar GP two weeks hence, followed immediately by the Marlboro Malaysian GP and the Australian GP. The season concludes at Valencia, Spain, on October 31.

Loris Capirossi may only have finished seventh at Estoril two weeks ago but his ride was one of the most impressive of the day, considering he had been rammed off the track on lap one, regaining the tarmac in 19th place. At Motegi he hopes for better luck so he can display to full effect the recent improvements made to his Ducati Marlboro Team Desmosedici GP4.

"I like Motegi very much," says Capirossi. "The track isn't particularly technical - just full throttle, brake, full throttle, brake. And all the hairpins make it very difficult for a rider to make a real difference over his rivals. But some sections are quite enjoyable. My favourite is under the bridge and then through the fast series of curves. I think the most important aspect of bike set-up is braking stability for all the hairpins.

The bike gets better and better, so my current aim is to keep making progress, going for the best championship position and working to make sure we have an even better bike for next season."

Loris's third place of Motegi in 2002 was also the last time a two-stroke 500cc GP bike scored a podium finish.

Troy Bayliss is looking forward to riding Motegi, after enjoying his first visit to the track last year. Unfortunately the Ducati Marlboro Team rider's race ended after a few hundred metres, when he was taken out by another rider. So like team-mate Capirossi, the Aussie is also hoping for some help from Lady Luck at Motegi.

"I enjoyed riding the track last year," says Bayliss. "But we didn't really get things so good for the race, then I got taken out at the first corner, which was a bit of a bummer. Overall it wasn't a great weekend, so hopefully we'll have a better weekend this time around. It's a pretty straightforward kind of a track. What you really need is good braking stability into all the hairpins because you can make up a lot of time on the brakes. And you need good low-gear acceleration and traction for the hairpin exits.

We've had a couple of good results this year - Mugello and Donington - and we've made some pretty good progress, but it's also been a bit frustrating at times. But all you can do is keep working at it."

Twin Ring Motegi is stop-and-go in character with few high-speed corners. The track features plenty of slow turns linked by medium-length straights which puts the emphasis on braking and acceleration performance. It's not so popular with many MotoGP riders because they feel the track's uninspiring layout doesn't test their riding skills to the limit. On a positive note, the track is grippy, smooth and pretty safe. The venue hosted its inaugural Grand Prix, the Japanese GP, in 1999. Over the past four years Motegi's world round has been called the Pacific GP, but this time the track once again hosts the country's national GP.

The circuit, christened Twin Ring Motegi because it features both a Grand Prix track and an Indy oval, is one of the newer circuits on the GP calendar. The venue is located in the hills to the north west of Tokyo, between the cities of Mito and Utsonomiya. Motegi's construction entailed a massive civil engineering project that included the razing of seven hills and the filling of two valleys.

Twin Ring Motegi: 4.801km, 2.983 miles
Lap record: Valentino Rossi (Honda), 1m 48.885s
Pole position 2003: Max Biaggi (Honda), 1m 47.696s

Notes From Assen WSB
LEON ROARS: Leon Haslam could not quite stick with the leaders at Assen, but he took his Renegade Ducati Koji 999RS machine to an excellent brace of sixth places. He stuck with the leading bunch for a period in each race, and his 20 points in total keep him in eighth place overall.

MCCOY KEEPS IT REAL: Garry McCoy (Xerox SC Ducati 999RS) had an up and down Assen, taking a battling eighth place in race one but suffering a technical problem in race two. He looked like the rider who won a race at Phillip Island earlier in the year, as he rampaged through the middle order in race one.

DIFFERENT STROKES: A high point of seventh for Troy Corser was the best result for the Foggy Petronas team, on their updated and uprated FP-1 three cylinder machines. The 900 triples were a little outgunned at Assen, with Corser riding well in a lonely race two but Chris Walker not getting into contention.

PRIVATE PARTY: Steve Martin (DFX Ducati) was a strong seventh in race one, but a crash in race two ruined what was a promising day for the seasoned Aussie rider. His team-mate Marco Borciani scored a ninth and an eighth, with the last two riders in the top ten of race two being Ivan Clementi (Bertocchi Kawasaki ZX-10) and Petronas pilot Chris Walker.

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