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SBK World Superbike Championship, Magny Cours Round 11 of 11

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Britain's Toseland takes SBK Superbike Crown at Magny Cours

Magny Cours, France, Oct.1-3rd, 2004:
TOSELAND THE NEW SBK KING: Thanks to a first race win and second place in race two, 23-year-old Briton James Toseland (Ducati Fila 999F004) secured the World Superbike title for 2004, after a rollercoaster season of disappointment and elation. His crown is an early birthday present, as James turns 24 on 5 October. Heaping fulsome praise on his team and family, Toseland is the third British rider to take the World Superbike crown, after four-time winner Carl Fogarty and last yearís champion Neil Hodgson.

ucati Corse team mates James Toseland and Regis Laconi were set to battle each other for the title at Magny

Race Preview: Laconi, Toseland, Vermuelen prepare for battle at Magny Cours
The finish line is finally in sight in whats has been the most exciting World Superbike season ever.: New technical and tyre supply regulations have made the 17th season of World Superbike one of the most exciting and closely contested ever. After the latest full drama action, at the penultimate round at Imola on 26 September, three riders enter the final hurdle of the championship race - at the Circuit Nevers Magny Cours in central France - with more than realistic chances of lifting the world title. For Regis Laconi (Ducati Fila), James Toseland (Ducati Fila) and Chris Vermeulen (Ten Kate Honda) the ultimate spoils are very much up for grabs, and even fourth placed rider Noriyuki Haga (Renegade Ducati Koji) has a purely mathematical chance of lifting the title.

One thing is certain this year, on Sunday evening there will be a new name on the World Superbike roll of honour, as none of the top contenders has ever won the SBK series outright before. Leading the championship table is Regis Laconi, who took the title lead back last weekend after the latest of his seven race wins. On 295 points Laconi is also on home turf at Magny Cours. In second place currently, Toseland has found additional pace and mountains of Yorkshire grit in the last few races, and is only four points behind, with a possible 50 for any rider who wins both races. In third place now, after a spectacularly dramatic last race, in which he scored second and sixth after a huge crash in warm up, Chris Vermeulen is still well capable of catching his opponents, aided by his fast four-cylinder machine. His total of 282 is only 13 from the lead. Taking the title seems impossible for Haga now, the Japanese rider being some 41 points behind Laconi. Of the championship contenders, all four are under 30 years old, with Vermeulen 22 and Toseland 23 ñ a good sign for the future direction of the class.

Magny Cours, positioned in central France, will provide a magnificent backdrop for the final round. It was the culmination of the season last year, and the 4.411km track is a very well appointed venue, with vast grandstands and a high level of fit and finish. None of the current riders has won at the venue before, adding still more uncertainty to the potential outcome of the races themselves.

Pierfrancesco Chili (PSG-1 Ducati) is currently a strong fifth in the title hunt, having dropped out of an early season lead due to the occasional fall and technical problems. The 40-year-old fighter would like nothing more than to sign off this season with his second win.

Garry McCoy (Ducati Xerox SC 999RS) has been a winner in 2004, and was back to more expected form at Imola, posting a pair of fifth places. He currently enjoys a 15-point advantage over another top Aussie privateer, Steve Martin (DFX Ducati). In the same team as Haga, the Renegade Koji outfit, Briton Leon Haslam has been a podium finisher in 2004 (race two at Oschersleben) and will be out to score a similar level of success on his 999RS.Troy Corser and Chris Walker have one more 2004 adventure to play out on the 900cc, three-cylinder Petronas FP-1. The unique machine, with backwards-slanting cylinder heads, reverse exit exhausts and distinctive engine note has pushed each rider to a single podium finish in 2004 so far. Corser currently sits ninth in the championship battle, Walker 11th. Splitting them is the second DFX Ducati of Marco Borciani.

In a field of interesting entries, machine diversity will be much in evidence in France. The Bertocchi Kawasaki ZX-10 duo of Mauro Sanchini and Ivan Clementi, with Suzuki represented by the privately entered Zongshen team, on GSX-R1000s ridden by Warwick Nowland and Piergiorgio Bontempi. Sebastien Gimbert (Yamaha France R1), Carl Berthlesen, Berto Camlek, Laurent Brian and Giovanni Bussei will be wild card riders in France, as will Polish duo Pawel Szkopec and Andrzej Pawelec.

Karl Muggeridge has been crowned 2004 World Champion for his Ten Kate Honda team one race early, but behind him the competitive Supersport spirit is burning with its usual incandescence. Only three riders have beaten Muggeridge this season, and of those two will be out for win number two at Magny Cours. Jurgen van den Goorbergh (Yamaha Italia R6), is one of them, his team-mate Fabien Foret the other. Third placed rider Broc Parkes (Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR) could well overtake van den Goorbergh for second, as could current fourth placed rider Sebastien Charpentier (Klaffi Honda CBR600RR). On the entry to the race, van den Goorbergh has 119 points, Parkes 115 and Charpentier 104.

Regis Laconi polishes the asphalt at Magny

French Wild Card Gimbert Quickest on Friday in Provisional Pole
Friday Practice: GLORIOUS GIMBERT: Local hot-shot Sebastien Gimbert, following on from his impressive showings at the Brands Hatch round two months ago, propelled himself to the top of the provisional qualifying sheets at Magny Cours. Riding in his home race, Gimbertís machine is a Yamaha France YZF-R1, a true privateer entry. His time of 1:42.599 beat even the best of the factory Ducatis in this most important round of the year.

Despite some ups and downs the Ducati Fila pairing of Regis Laconi and James Toseland enter the final round of the championship in first and second place respectively. After one day in France, and with the benefit of a pre-race test session behind them earlier in the year, Laconi and Toseland are neck and neck, in both championship and qualification times. Only 0.026 seconds separates Toseland from provisional pole, with Laconi only 0.87 seconds from his countryman Gimbert.

Aussie privateer Steve Martin worked hard on his set-up to take the final slot on the overnight front row, another high point in the season of the DFX Ducati squad. His team-mate Marco Borciani secured ninth fastest time of the day.

Foggy Petronas duo Chris Walker (Foggy Petronas FP-1) and Troy Corser (Foggy Petronas FP-1) were competitive during the opening exchanges, their unique three-cylinder machines pushing them up the order, Corser going fifth fastest and running only 0.233 seconds from the fastest time of the day. Walker was less than half a second shy of provisional pole, making the most of the experience gained from testing at Magny Cours.

Chris Vermeulen (Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR), his Ten Kate Team and the CBR1000RR Honda have had their work cut out for them on the first day of qualifying at each round this year, as all are novices in the premier SBK class. The opening day at Magny Cours was a challenging experience for Vermeulen and co, as the 22-year-old Aussie rider is still carrying wrist, hip and ankle injuries from Imola, and the whole team is trying to cure a lack of rear end traction. Nonetheless Vermeulen went seventh fastest, after his first run out on a qualifying rear tyre.

Swan Song? Troy Corser put the FP-1 on the Pole at Magny Cours, his 2nd pole of the season. On a clear race track in Superpole where he can keep up his momentum, Troy can go quickly on the 900cc 3-cylinder bike. But in a race among bigger 1000c bikes blocking his fast line in the corners, the smaller engined bike is left behind in accelerating out of the corners. the race the engine.

Troy Corser turns 30, puts Foggy Petronas on Pole
Superpole Saturday 2nd: Having been fourth fastest in regulation qualifying, Foggy Petronas FP-1 rider Troy Corser did not seem a likely candidate to secure the Superpole win. A small error on his own behalf led to a peculiar line on the approach to the last series of corners before the final chicane at Magny Cours. This small error proved a stroke of good fortune, allowing Corser to swing through the final section at a higher pace than normal, taking his 30th career pole in SBK with a 1í41.547. It is his second pole of this season, the first coming at Oschersleben.

Such is the competitive nature of the 2004 championship and the diversity of homologated machinery in SBK in general, that no fewer than four different manufacturers were represented on the post Superpole front row. For the first time since 2001, there was only one Ducati in the first four places.

Chris Vermeulen looked to have won Superpole but for Corserís outstanding lap time. Nonetheless the Aussie rider on the Ten Kate Honda is in good starting position as he goes for the championship win. Fourteen points behind leading rider Regis Laconi (Ducati Fila) Vermeulen was in trouble in the early practice sessions, could only finish seventh fastest in regulation, but took second in Superpole. His Imola injuries are not hampering his performance too much and the Superbike rookie enters the final round with a fighting chance of the overall title.

In the internal battle between series leader Regis Laconi (Ducati Fila 999F04) and his team-mate James Toseland, round one at Magny Cours went to Toseland, who secured third place and a front row start. Laconiís ragged Superpole lap put him fifth fastest, on the second row, a fact which will make both his races tougher than desired in front of his vociferous home crowd.

The front row was blessed by the presence of a Yamaha privateer, the current World Endurance Champion Sebastien Gimbert, on a Yamaha France R1. Fastest in both regulation qualifying sessions, Gimbert is no stranger to the Pirellis used in World Superbike, running the Italian rubber in domestic and World Endurance competitions. His pace electrified the local crowd, in what was a dry but overcast day.

Soon-to-be 2004 World Superbike Champion Toseland explodes the Ducati 999F05 out of a corner.

Race Day Crowns Toseland World Champion in the Final Race
Sunday Oct 3rd: In celebration of his birthday in just 2 days on October 5th, British rider did what he had to do in the final rounds of this years World Superbike Champiuonship, coming on strong to fight off his 4 close rivals the race before at Imola, and holding off his close Ducati Corse team mate Regis laconi to clinch the 2004 Championship in today's final race. The final points gap to Regis Laconi was Toseland with 336 to Laconiís 327, the Frenchman secured two third places in front of his home crowd

RACE ONE: James Toseland (Ducati Fila) enjoyed a win in the first race, after some tough times in qualifying and the partisan support for the local hero Regis Laconi (Ducati Fila). Toseland had to keep the charging Noriyuki Haga at bay, maintaining a good race pace right to the flag, after 23 laps of unbridled tension. Noriyuki Haga (Renegade Ducati Koji) was second while Regis Laconi eventually rued his tyre choice to take third, and lose his championship lead. Chris Vermeulenís retirement for technical reasons put the Ten Kate Honda rider out of the championship challenge. Local wild card Sebastien Gimbert gave the crowd something else to cheer about, finishing fourth.

Laconi (55) tries to hang with Toseland (52) in the openi9ng laps Race One, but a bad tire choice would relegatee him back to 3rd behing Haga (41) who is moving up here past Vermuelen (17).

RACE TWO: With Vermeulen once more out of the running in the later stages, the race for podium places was a tense three rider affair, with Haga and Toseland swapping places at the front, as Laconi struggled to get to grips with the speed of the other main Ducati protagonists. Haga pushed hardest at the end, earning third place in the series from the double non-finisher Vermeulen, after securing his sixth win of the season. In third, Laconi could not improve his pace to stay competitive with the leading two, over two seconds down at the flag.

After some astonishing race wins in their combined rookie seasons in SBK, the Ten Honda team and rider Vermeulen were in with realistic championship chances at Magny Cours. Finishing neither race, due to electrical problems, was a blow to them but Vermeulenís overall fourth is an impressive entry to the premier class of production-derived racing.

Local Wild Card rider Sebastien Gimbert (Yamaha France) took a fourth place double at his home track, rewarding the faith in those who agreed that he should race at Magny Cours, rather than at the final round of World Endurance at Vallelunga. He finished the series overall 18th.

Pierfrancesco Chili (PSG-1 Ducati 998RS) went sixth and fifth to secure fifth place in the championship, after two races spend heading up fights in the group immediately behind the leaders.

Steve Martin ripped his DFX Ducati to fifth in race one, an ultimately lonely affair, bit his big twin suffered a technical DNF in race two, dropping out on lap 11. Leon Haslam (Renegade Ducati Koji) was a fine seventh and sixth, heading up a Petronas rider each time. He was voted rookie of the year in the SBK class, and finished the year ninth overall. Garry McCoy could only manage a ninth, times two, but nonetheless was sixth in the series.

Superpole winner Troy Corser could only score a DNF and a seventh in what may be his final Petronas ride, while Chris Walker (Petronas FP-1) was eighth in each race. Corser was the top three-cylinder rider of the year, finishing ninth overall.Word has it Corser will join an expanded Ten Kate Honda superbike team next year alongside Vermeulen.

Champions of the World! In the foreground team manager Davide Tardozzi and Team Director Paolo Ciabatti flanked by James Toseland and the Ducati Corse Superbike team.

SUPERBIKE Race 1: (Laps 23 = 101,453 Km)
Pos /Rider /Nat. /Team /Time /Gap
1 / J. TOSELAND / GBR / Ducati Fila / 39'29.197 /
2 / N.HAGA / JPN / Ducati / 39'29.689 / 0.492
3 / R. LACONI / FRA / Ducati Fila / 39'32.999 / 3.802
4 / S. GIMBERT / FRA / Yamaha France / 39'37.024 / 7.827
5 / S. MARTIN / AUS / D.F.Xtreme Sterilgarda / 39'43.023 / 13.826
6 / P. CHILI / ITA / PSG - 1 Corse / 39'54.538 / 25.341
7 / L. HASLAM / GBR / Renegade Ducati Koji / 39'58.190 / 28.993
8 / C.WALKER / GBR / Foggy PETRONAS Racing / 40'01.653 / 32.456
9 / G.MCCOY / AUS / XEROX - Ducati Nortel Net. / 40'11.650 / 42.453
10 / S. DUTERNE / FRA / Zongshen / 40'20.152 / 50.955
11 / P. BONTEMPI / ITA / Zongshen / 40'31.389 / 1'02.192
12 / L. PEDERCINI / ITA / Pedercini / 40'38.744 / 1'09.547
13 / S. CRUCIANI / ITA / Kawasaki Bertocchi / 40'44.406 / 1'15.209
14 / A. VELINI / ITA / Pedercini / 40'45.088 / 1'15.891
15 / P. SZKOPEK / POL / Szkopek Agip RT / 40'53.171 / 1'23.974
Fastest Lap 5° Steve Martin 1'42.312 155,208 Km/h
Race 2 : (Laps 23 = 101,453 Km)
Pos /Rider /Nat. /Team /Time /Gap
1 / N.HAGA / JPN / Ducati / 39'34.329 /
2 / J. TOSELAND / GBR / Ducati Fila / 39'37.484 / 3.155
3 / R. LACONI / FRA / Ducati Fila / 39'40.119 / 5.790
4 / S. GIMBERT / FRA / Yamaha France / 39'49.082 / 14.753
5 / P. CHILI / ITA / PSG - 1 Corse / 39'51.836 / 17.507
6 / L. HASLAM / GBR / Renegade Ducati Koji / 39'55.632 / 21.303
7 / T. CORSER / AUS / Foggy PETRONAS Racing / 39'55.805 / 21.476
8 / C.WALKER / GBR / Foggy PETRONAS Racing / 40'11.950 / 37.621
9 / G.MCCOY / AUS / XEROX - Ducati Nortel Net. / 40'19.812 / 45.483
10 / W.NOWLAND / AUS / Zongshen / 40'27.881 / 53.552
11 / S. DUTERNE / FRA / Zongshen / 40'29.825 / 55.496
12 / S. FUERTES / ESP / MIR Racing / 40'33.605 / 59.276
13 / P. SZKOPEK / POL / Szkopek Agip RT / 40'46.053 / 1'11.724
14 / M.PRAIA / POR / XEROX - Ducati Nortel Net. / 39'43.578 / 1 Lap
15 / B. CAMLEK / SLO / Inoterm Racing Team / 39'52.795 / 1 LapFastest Lap 2° Noriyuki Haga 1'42.475 154,961 Km/h

Riders Championship Standings:
1 TOSELAND 336, 2 LACONI 327, 3 HAGA 299, 4 VERMEULEN 282, 5 CHILI 243,
6 MCCOY 199, 7 MARTIN 181, 8 HASLAM 169, 9 CORSER 146, 10 BORCIANI 130,
11 WALKER 128, 12 CLEMENTI 85, 13 SANCHINI 79, 14 NANNELLI 72, 15 BONTEMPI 68.
Manufacturers Standings:
1 DUCATI 530, 2 HONDA 289, 3 PETRONAS 200, 4 KAWASAKI 129, 5 SUZUKI 101.

Ten Kate and Muggeridge
Dominate in Supersport

Karl Muggeridge (Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR) had another close race with is team-mate Broc Parkes but nonetheless he triumphed yet again, taking his seventh race win of the season (a full status WSS championship record). Parkes could not quite take his first race win, and in third place Sebastien Charpentier was once more defeated by the combination of Muggeridge and Ten Kate power.

Lorenzo Lanzi was a fighting fourth, ahead of lead Yamaha rider Jurgen van den Goorbergh. The final rundown of places in Supersport shows Muggeridge on a towering 207 points, from Parkes on 135, van den Goorbergh on 130, Charpentier on 120 and Lanzi with 82.

Karl Muggeridge's follows in Ten Kate team mate Chris Vermuelin's boots, last year's 600cc Supersport champ, as one of the hottest new rising stars in road racing. It might be expected that Karl would move up to the World Superbike class for 2005 to join Chris, but word has it that former World Superbike champ Troy Corser will be Chris' teamate

SUPERSPORT: RACE : (Laps 22 = 97,042 Km)
Pos /Rider /Nat. /Team / Time /Gap
1 / K. MUGGERIDGE / AUS / Ten Kate Honda / 38'34.820 /
2 / B. PARKES / AUS / Ten Kate Honda / 38'35.242 / 0.422
3 / S. CHARPENTIER / FRA / Klaffi Honda / 38'35.628 / 0.808
4 / L. LANZI / ITA / Ducati Breil / 38'47.913 / 13.093
5 / J. VD GOORBERGH / NED / Yamaha Italia / 38'51.667
6 / A. PITT / AUS / Yamaha Italia / 38'52.569 / 17.749
7 / C. COXHELL / AUS / Yamaha Motor Deutschland
8 / M.NEUKIRCHNER / GER / Klaffi Honda / 39'02.197
9 / M.LAGRIVE / FRA / Moto 1 / 39'18.029 / 43.209
10 / M.BAIOCCO / ITA / Lorenzini by Leoni / 39'21.326
11 / M.ROCCOLI / ITA / Lorenzini by Leoni / 39'21.507
12 / B. VENEMAN / NED / Team Suzuki Nederland / 39'21.814
13 / C. KELLNER / GER / Yamaha Motor Deutschland
14 / J. LINDSTROM / SWE / Klaffi Honda / 39'42.269
15 / P. DONISCHAL / FRA / Moto 1 / 39'45.146 / 1'10.326
Fastest Lap 4° Broc Parkes 1'44.457 152,020 Km/h

on the expanded Ten Kate Superbike team. Will Karl be happy to stay in Supersport next year with the Number One plate, or will he going shopping for a Superbike ride as the hottest new prospect on the planet? Stay tuned....

Supersport Riders Championship Standings:
10 FUJIWARA 55, 11 CORRADI 44, 12 PITT 36, 13 KELLNER 30, 14 LAGRIVE 27,
15 BROOKES 25.

Supersport Manufacturers Standings:
1 HONDA 212, 2 YAMAHA 176, 3 SUZUKI 103, 4 DUCATI 95, 5 KAWASAKI 40.

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Pro Italia MV Agusta Open House Sat Oct 9th -
Join Pro Italia, Glendale, CA, Saturday October 9th, as they celebrate the newest marque in their showroom, MV Agusta. They will be hosting the North American unveiling of the MV Agusta F4 1000 "Mamba", #11 of 300 worldwide. They also hope to have an F4 1000 "Ago" edition for your viewing pleasure - another rare treat. Bring a contemporary or vintage MV Agusta for display on Saturday and receive a free MV AgustaT-shirt.
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And of course, our own FastDates.com Calendar Angell "Rockin' Robon" Cunningham will be bring you the world's first test and photos of the new Agusta F4 1000 "Mamba" in the next few weeks. So stay tuned.

Ducati Corse to Triple Tag Team Attack the final
AMA Nationals at VIR
with Laconi, Lanzi & Bostrom
Alton (Virginia) - October 6, 2004: When it comes to Superbike Racing, Ducati takes its job very seriously and does not like to loose. Postponed by Hurricane Ivan, the rescheduled AMA season finale taking place this weekend at Virginia International Raceway, with the exciting triple-team of Eric Bostrom, Regis Laconi, and Lorenzo Lanzi riding factory Ducati 999Rs under the Parts Unlimited Ducati Austin banner.

Eric Bostrom, who was sidelined from the original VIR meeting due to shoulder and rib injuries from his Road Atlanta incident, has had three additional weeks to heal and has been given the green light to race by orthopedic specialist Dr. Art Ting.
“I’m probably one of the few people who benefited from Hurricane Ivan, so sometimes things really do work in your favor!” joked the 27-year-old American. “That being said, I’m looking forward to racing at VIR. I haven’t raced there in several years and it’s one of the better racetracks that we go to. It also seems that the event has been growing every year, so that makes it fun too. And with Regis and Lorenzo there it’s going to be quite a full Ducati Squad! The shoulder has been healing nicely and I hope that it isn’t a limiting factor in my performance when I get on the bike Saturday.”

With the World Superbike season wrapping up this past weekend at Magny-Cours, France, Ducati Fila rider Regis Laconi is now set to take part in the final AMA Superbike race. Regis was a close runner-up by nine points to his team-mate James Toseland in this year’s hard-fought series, but was consistently the fastest rider on the track with 7 wins, 5 pole positions and more laps in the lead than any of his rivals. The 29-year-old Frenchman had a brief shakedown with Michelin tires on the short Magny-Cours test-track last Monday before flying out to the U.S.

“World Superbike one week and AMA the next – it’s a big change and it’s all happening so quickly!” declared Regis. “There isn’t much time to prepare for it but I’m very happy to race the same bike on Michelin tires in America. Obviously I know the Ducati 999 very well but the track and the AMA opposition will be different. I have to learn quickly but the good thing is that I have my engineer Ernesto Marinelli and my World Superbike team with me. I will give my best like always so I am sure that we can get a good result.”

Ducati Breil factory World Supersport rider Lorenzo Lanzi has visited the Virginia track once before, during a test session in August. In his first year in World Supersport, the 22-year-old Italian finished fifth overall and is now excited about finally getting his AMA debut.

“This is a very important race for me and for Ducati,” commented Lorenzo. “Ducati Corse are sending Regis as well and they aim to finish the AMA season with the best possible result. The test in August was actually not that useful as we didn’t get much time there because of the rain, but it helped to get to know the track and that’s important because this time we’ve only got Saturday for practice and qualifying. It’s not going to be an easy weekend for sure, but I’m going there with the aim of doing well and finishing ahead of as many factory riders as possible. Whatever the result, it’s great satisfaction for me to form part of this Ducati super-team.”

Ducati plans to make the season finale a special occasion for Ducatisti, fans, and dealers. An AMA Superbike grid with three Ducati 999Rs at VIR is the perfect showcase for a bike the press is calling “The best V-twin ever.” Like all AMA races, Ducatisti are welcome at the Ducati hospitality area in Turn 4 for refreshments, food, and celebration of their passion. Dedicated Ducati parking will be available along with t-shirts, free kickstand pads, and door prizes. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see Ducati Corse riders Laconi and Lanzi battle alongside American hero, Eric Bostrom. All three will sign autographs together at the Ducati hospitality for the fans.

Ducat AMA Superbike Team Expanding to 2 Riders in 2005
Oct 4th - Despite an up and down season on the Ducati Austin team with Eric Bostrom this year, Ducati Corse seems intent on keeping the American rider on the 2005 team as well But to help Ducati have a better chance at the winning the AMA Superbike Championship in their biggest market, Ducati will expand their Parts unlimited Ducati Austin team to 2 riders for 2005.

Either Regis Laconi or Lorenzo Lanzi could be that 2nd rider, with their rides in the AMA National this Oct 10-11th weekend at VIR being a partial determining factor.

New 2004 World Superbike Champion James Toseland will certainly remain on Ducati Corse's SBK team for 2005 to finally give Ducati a Number 1 plate to run the following season, as all their previous champions had abidcated. But the number 2 spot on the SBK team could go to Neil Hodgson, Ducati's 2003 Superbike champ who is having a disappointing and financially unsuccessful season in MotoGP this year on the D'Antin Ducati.If Hodgson does return to the Corse SBK team in 2005, then either Laconi or Lanzi are the likely canidates for the second spot on the AMA team.

James Toseland, meanwhile, will be testing a 2005 model 999F atMugello on the Oct 10-11th weekend before heading to las Vegas with his pals to celebrate winning the 2004 SBK World Championship.

Zdenka is Back...
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We'd like to re introduce you 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!

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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.

World Superbike Heats up in 2005 with Corser and Haga moving to Japanese teams
Word has it former Wold Superbike Champion Troy Corser will be leaving the uncompetitive Foggy Petronas team after 3 years, possibly to join an expanded Ten Kate Honda SBK superbike team in 2005 alongside race winner Chris Vermeulen. While other top Superbike star Noriyuki Haga will be racing for the European based factory Kawasaki team. It looks like the SBK World Championship will be returning to a very competitive multi-brand series again. Although this year's 5-way title battle was the closest and hardest faught title bout ever, thanks in part to the spec Pirelli tires.

Alstare Suzuki returns to World Superbike in 2005
Oct 4th - The factory supported Alstare team which is sponsored by Corona will mark its return to World Superbike in 2005. Both Troy Corser and Noriyuki Haga are also prime candidates for the Alstare Suzuki team, along with Japanese rider Yukio Kagayama.

Corser's big Bankroll
If Corser leaves the Foggy Petronas team after 3 years, he will be giving up the richest ride in World Superbike, considered to be $1 million per year. Suprisingly with all its millions of dollars to throw around on riders and expensive paddock hospitality camps, the team does not spend the money to build a competitive full 1000cc superbike motor, rather then continue to stretch the limits of their 900cc
3-cylinder GP derived hand granade.

Broc Parkes to Yamaha Germany for World Superbike
Oct 3rd - Runner up behind Muggeridge on the Ten Kate team in World Supersport this season, Aussie Broc Parks has signed with the Yamaha of Germany distributor teamfor 2005 World Superbike.

All the Japanese teamas are returning to the SBK Championship near year under the guise of privateer and national distributor teams. It is extreamely disappointing that America will not have an SBK round in 2005, in what just might be the Championship's most competitive season ever.

Yamaha paves the way for the 2005 American MotoGP
Laguna Seca, USA
Sept 30, /2004
- Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA is stepping up to fund the track safety improvements required by the Federation Internationale de Motorcyclisme (FIM) to homologate the track for the 2005 Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix, round nine of 17 in the 2005 MotoGP World Championship.
In addition to sponsoring the track improvements, Yamaha is serving as the official motorcycle at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and as a “Proud Sponsor” of the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix through 2007.

“We’re thrilled by the interest from Yamaha in particular and the motorcycle community overall in this event coming to the U.S.,” said Gill Campbell, CEO/general manager of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. “Yamaha’s generosity has made it possible to bring the MotoGP World Championship back to the USA for the fans to enjoy.”

“Helping bring the MotoGP World Championship back to the U.S. was an excellent opportunity for us to show our appreciation for our customers and fans,” said Bob Starr, corporate communications manager, at Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA. “And since this race corresponds with Yamaha’s 50th anniversary, we could think of no better way to celebrate than with over 100,000 U.S. fans.”

Plans for the track improvements were completed in concert with Claude Danis, president and circuit inspector for the FIM, and the necessary permits are being obtained. Work is scheduled to begin in November, with the first phase to increase runoff area in Turn 9 (Rainey Curve). The Turn 9 bridge will be moved Dec. 22 through 24 to an area between Turns 8A and 9. The track will remain open during this phase of construction.

Other changes being made to the circuit include widening the front straight by moving the outside (riders’ right) wall back and increasing the run-off area in several turns, including Turn 2 (Andretti Hairpin). These changes will be made when the track is shut down completely from May 2–June 15. The paddock will remain operational during this time.

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 via the track’s ticket office – 1-800-327-SECA (7322) – during normal business hours or online at www.laguna-seca.com/Tickets.

AMA Supermoto Championship Finale
to be held at
Bally’s Las Vegas

PICKERINGTON, Ohio (Oct. 1, 2004) -- AMA Pro Racing announces that the 2004 AMA Championship finale, the AMA Red Bull Supermoto-A-Go-Go, will be held at Bally’s in Las Vegas on Saturday, Nov. 13. Additionally, Paris Las Vegas will host the annual AMA Pro Racing Awards Banquet the next day on Sunday, Nov. 14. The two attached hotels are located on the world famous Las Vegas Strip.

“We’re thrilled to bring the AMA Red Bull Supermoto A-Go-Go to the Strip in the heart of Las Vegas,” said Chris Bradley, AMA Supermoto Series Manager. “Our friends at Red Bull know how to throw a great party and this event will be huge.”
Riders expected to compete in the finale include former AMA Motocross champs Jeff Ward, Doug Henry, Jeremy McGrath and Travis Pastrana; three-time AMA Superbike Champion Doug Chandler and former 500cc Grand Prix world champion Kevin Schwantz from road racing; and freestyle motocross legend Mike Metzger. Up-and-coming Supermoto stars such as Chris Fillmore, Ben Carlson and Mark Burkhart and a few prominent regulars from the international ranks, including Jurgen Kunzel, Kurt Nicoll and Alexandre Thiebault are also expected.
Bradley added that the finale is sure to be loaded with even more international stars from around the world, possibly making it the greatest collection of motorcycle racing talent from various disciplines on one track.

“Last year we had interest from several world championship competitors, but they weren’t eligible to race based on the qualifying criteria. This year the rules allow FIM world competitors to race in the AMA Supermoto finale. This should lead to a number of additional big name riders competing along side the prominent lineup of riders already slated to race,” said Bradley.

Las Vegas resident and AMA Superbike road racer Ben Bostrom, won last year’s winner-take-all Supermoto class title at the AMA Red Bull Supermoto-A-Go-Go championship finale in a breathtaking race in what many referred to as the best AMA race of any series last year. Former AMA Motocross Champion, Grant Langston won the Supermoto Unlimited class title. Both are expected to return to Vegas.

The AMA Red Bull Supermoto-a-Go-Go will be pivotal in determining the championship picture as the race pays double points for the first five finishers in both the Supermoto and Supermoto Unlimited classes.

Near the hustle and bustle of the Strip, an entertaining track mixed with high-speed pavement and technical Parts Unlimited UrbanCross and dirt sections will be constructed on the grounds behind Bally’s and Paris.

This year’s event will be free admission with pit passes available for purchase. Visit www.redbullsupermotoagogo.com and www.amasupermoto.com in coming weeks for detailed event information.
For immediate post-race results, points, live transponder scoring, in-depth series and rider information and much more, log onto www.amasupermoto.com.

Foggy focuses on further development for FPR
Oct 3rd - Foggy PETRONAS Racing riders Troy Corser and Chris Walker scored a top ten double in the final race of the 2004 Superbike World Championship to complete a second season of development for the PETRONAS FP1 and Carl Fogarty’s team.

Chris also finished the first race of the day at the French circuit of Magny-Cours in eighth place, although Troy was unable to capitalise on his pole position performance of Saturday when engine trouble brought an early end to his race.

And Carl Fogarty was able to take encouragement from both the final round and the season as a whole as his team enter an extensive programme of winter development of the PETRONAS FP1 – the first Malaysian superbike.

He said: “This was just our second year of development and we have made big steps forward again. There have been a few highs, with our two podiums and two pole positions, and also a lot of top six finishes. The new PETRONAS engine development team have not had much time to get their teeth stuck into the task but now we have a full winter of testing and development ahead of us and there is no doubt that we will be stronger next year, albeit in a stronger championship. So the aim for next year is to be running in the top five or six and challenging for podiums in every race.

“The weekend was an improvement on the previous couple of rounds but we probably expected more after Troy’s incredible pole position yesterday. Our hopes were high for a couple of top six finishes and we were only just outside that, so it wasn’t a bad weekend.”
Troy was lying in sixth place when he was forced to retire from the first race on the 14th lap with a broken engine. And, despite further technical difficulties in the second race, he finished seventh to finish the season ninth in the rider standings with a total of 146 points.

He said: “The season has been a bit up and down. I have been riding well although small problems have meant too much time in the pit box. But PETRONAS and the whole team have done a great job and it should be good for next season. Everything came together for Superpole yesterday and it was fantastic to be finishing the season on such a high. W e were still a little bit slow on top speed up the back straight and, although I was trying to hang on after two good starts, it was a bit frustrating because the bike was much better this weekend.”

Chris battled hard in both races to finish eighth, despite also enduring clutch problems from early in the race, to end the season in 11th place just two points behind Marco Borciani with a total of 128.