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On November 18th 2004, at the Copacabana Fort in Rio de Janeiro, was the world premiere of the Pirelli 2005 Calendar, the most exclusive world event for beauty lovers, fashion followers and photography connoisseurs.

Shot by world-renowned French photographer Patrick Demarchelier, the 2005 Pirelli Calendar chose the spectacular setting of Rio de Janeiro, the metropolis that, as Naomi Campbell says (appearing for the third time in the "The Cal") "reflects the Brazilian people's energetic and positive spirit".

17 year old supermodels get loose in Rio de Jenerio for Pirelli.
Demarchelier has grasped and assimilated the spirit of Brazil: 'O espirito do Brazil' is in fact the title chosen for the backstage film and of Rio de Janeiro, a city dominated by strong contrasts, required a masterly use of light to express strong contrasts and obtain striking portraits, black and white only

The result is a truly unique version of the Pirelli Calendar, made up for the first time of 22 pages. The Calendar closes with a lively collage of shots "stolen" by the great photographer in a famous Rio discotheque, during the party that concluded the shooting.

The black and white photographs investigate the most mysterious aspects of the models seeking out the invisible source of their allure: alongside the already mentioned Naomi Campbell (Victoria's Secret, America's Next Top Model) are Filippa Hamilton and Isabeli Fontana (already chosen by Bruce Weber for the 2003 edition), Adriana Lima (the current featured model for Victoria's Secret and Maybeline cosmetics), Diana Dondoe, Erin Wasson, Euguenia Volodina, Julia Stegner, Liliane Ferrarezi, Marija Vujovic, Michelle Buswell, "Valentina" and Valeria Bohm.

A truly an international cast with three Brazilians, two Americans, one Russian, one Montenegrin, one Romanian, one Swede and one German, ranging in age from a just turned 17 to the legerndary naomi Campbell in her mid 30's. For the inside story on the very sexy, and very nude calendar go to Pirelli 2005.

Both Loris Capirossi (above) and new Ducati team rider Carlos Checa (who can't be photographed on a Ducati until after 2004 because of previous contract obligations) set the quickest test times with the Desmosedici at the Jerez winter tets, besting Yamaha and Honda.

MotoGP Winter Tests –Valencia, Spain

New MotoGP Teams Prepare for 2005: Ducks Kick Ass, Little Nicky Totals His Honda
Ducati Marlboro's new rider Carols Checa
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MotoGP Test Jerez de la Frontera, Spain November 24-26, 2004. The Ducati Marlboro Team has successfully wrapped up its third and final day of testing at the Jerez circuit in Spain. In collaboration with Bridgestone technicians, Loris Capirossi and Carlos Checa worked non-stop for three days on the testing programme aimed at finalizing the new tyres for next season. Both riders put in numerous sequences of laps on their Desmosedici machines, and for the first time also used qualifying rubber.

The team's new signing from Spain, Carlos Checa, was in great form today, recording 1m40.065s on qualifying tyres, almost eight-tenths of a second quicker than this year's pole mark set by Valentino Rossi (1m40.818s).
Carlos totalled 56 laps and his best time of 1m41.246s on race tyres clearly demonstrates that he has quickly adapted to the Italian bike and the Japanese tyres.

Loris Capirossi lapped on the same pace as Carlos and out of a total of 67 laps, the Italian set a best time of 1m40.926s on qualifying tyres and 1m41.392s on race tyres.

"I am really pleased with these first tests with Bridgestone tyres" declared Loris. "The feeling with the front is already good and this afternoon we did a 20-lap long-run, maintaining a constant pace. For the first time I also tried the qualifying tyres: for sure these have a great potential, but I prefer not to take any risks for the moment. I can't wait to get to Valencia on Monday to continue testing with the new tyres and developing our bike".

Today was also the final day of testing at Jerez for World Superbike rider Régis Laconi with the development team Desmosedici. Laconi continued to work with the new electronic components, the Frenchman completing 56 laps and setting a best time of 1m41.853s.

"We are really pleased with the way the tests went" commented Filippo Preziosi, Ducati Corse Technical Director. "The weather conditions were favourable and we were able to get through a lot of work in these three days and obtain some important results. The basis for the start of our new partnership with Bridgestone is excellent. Now we have some good reference data with the new tyres and confirmation that our bike adapts well to their characteristics. As always in racing, there is still a lot of work to do but our morale is high, we are satisfied and this certainly means we are off to a good start!"

Following these successful tests at Jerez, the Ducati Marlboro Team will remain in Spain next week for two more days at Valencia on Monday 29 and Tuesday 30 November, the final session of 2004 before the start of the winter testing ban.

Team Honda has Gibernau Quickest
Over in the Honda camp, Day Two of a three-day test saw Sete Gibernau being the fastest RC211V rider on day two of Jerez test Warm sunny conditions again prevailed on day two of the three-day MotoGP test at Jerez, Spain allowing the Honda teams a full day of testing that ended at 18.00. The teams dedicated the best part of the day to tyre testing with Michelin and it was Spaniard Sete Gibernau (Telefonica
MoviStar Honda) who emerged as the fastest RCV rider on the day.

Gibernau worked hard evaluating a range of chassis and suspension combinations before moving on to tyre testing with Michelin. His new teammate, Italian Marco Melandri ran an incredible 101 laps of the 4.423km
circuit today basically getting in as many kilometers as possible on the 5-cyclinder 990cc Honda. The Italian steadily improved his speed and consistency during his 101 lap stint slightly under his lap time of yesterday.

For American Nicky Hayden (Repsol Honda), fastest Honda on the opening day, today was one to forget. He crashed at high speed but escaped unscathed but his RCV was extensively damaged. The team is investigating the cause of the crash. The damage badly disrupting his test programme. Extensive tyre testing scheduled for today was postponed until tomorrow.

Makoto Tamada (Konica Minolta Honda) covered 77 laps today running exactly the same time as his best of yesterday, 1m 41.9s. Tamada worked together with Michelin technicians to on various tyres sizes and combinations as he adjusts to the performance of his new tyre supplier.

Sete Gibernau: 1m 41.036s - 70-laps: "I'm testing here at Jerez all the material that Honda is bringing me in
order to understand and evaluate all the material we already have. My goal in fact is to create the best package that will be the base for the next season. In particular today I tested a different chassis and a new front fork. I tried to do quality laps maintaining a constant pace on 1'41" in order to understand and evaluate the material we have."

"We also did some tyre testing. Michelin, in fact has asked us to test a new front tyre, so I'm very happy because we are all working hard in the
same direction. Tomorrow I will go on doing more comparative testing, I have a lot of stuff to test but this is necessary in order to get the best package."

Marco Melandri: 1m 42.023s - 101 laps: "I'm very happy of the work done today, my feeling with the bike has improved and I felt much more confident. I have improved my pace and this is the most important thing. I have a lot of work to do, my lap time is still not so high but at the moment I want to proceed step by step. I'm very happy of my new team, there is a very good atmosphere and we work with motivation, they make me enjoying riding."

Nicky Hayden: 1m 42.0s - 62 laps: "This morning didn't really get going like yesterday. I had a pretty big crash that really messed the whole day up. HRC are looking into the causes but it was third gear and the bike went straight up and down. We've only got one machine here and the crash really did a number on the bike and the boys had to change nearly everything! Physically I was okay in the crash but it shook me up quite a bit. We managed to get out there again towards the end of the day and put in quite a few laps but I never got back in the times that I know I should be doing. I've had better thanksgiving days in my life before but that's what you get in the sport. Some days are better than others and today wasn't one of the good ones."

Makoto Tamada: 1m 41.9s - 77 laps: "We made no technical changes to the bike today I have to learn to
understand the feeling of the Michelin tyres over a distance so we concentrated on running a lot of kilometres today. Tomorrow we will try different front suspension settings with various tyres and hope to get even
better understanding of how the Michelins perform."

Valentino Rossi made a visit to the Yamaha factory in Japan on November 19th before flying to Spain for the tests, and then off on a 8 week winter vacation for the World Champion.

Reigning Champion Rossi, and new team mate Edwards
Gauloises Fortuna Yamaha Team finishes 2004 with positive test

Nov 26th: The Gauloises Fortuna Yamaha Team rounded off its championship-winning 2004 season today with a third and final day of testing in Sepang. Valentino Rossi and his 2005 team-mate Colin Edwards enjoyed another hot and dry day at the Malaysian circuit and now head off for a well-earned winter break.

World Champion Valentino Rossi completed 44 laps, once again spending time refining the set-up of the 2004-spec M1. He also completed a long distance run on the new 2005-spec prototype version of the bike. Rossi posted his fastest time of the three-day test today with a lap of 2’02.35s.

Speaking after the test, Rossi said, “We’ve been working on the new bike lots during these three days; it seems we do more and more testing every year, and start even earlier! Yamaha has put in a lot of effort to bring this bike here and enable us to start work on it in the right direction for next year, so it was very important for me to be here.

“Not every part of this prototype bike is new, but Yamaha has changed a lot. We are aiming for more stability in the rear end, but we want to keep the sweet handling. We are also looking for a little more horsepower; as everyone knows, which is one area we need to improve on. We’re still not quite there yet, but Yamaha’s engineers will continue this work during the winter and then I am sure we will be nearer our goal when we meet again in January. I’m now looking forward to a long holiday!”

Colin Edwards rode just 13 laps today on the 2004-spec bike, finishing his day early having completed the work he set out to do during the test. He posted a best lap of 2’04.31s.

Team Director Davide Brivio commented, “We are pleased with the progress we’ve made during this test. In January we will start to work more specifically on set-up of the new bike. We were fortunate to be able to enjoy good weather during this test; at 6pm today it started to rain heavily, so we were very lucky!

“The team has been working very well together during this test. We are looking forward to continuing the work we have begun here when we reconvene in January. It has been a fantastic season for all those involved in the project, and everyone has worked very hard to make it a success. Now I hope that they all enjoy a very relaxing holiday, before we arrive back here in January to continue the hard work!”

The team will return to the Sepang circuit to recommence its winter test schedule on 22 January.
Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) 2’02.35 (44 laps)
Colin Edwards (Yamaha) 2’04.31 (13 laps)

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Nov 14th: We were on hand at the WTA World Championship Final to see beautiful 17-year old 6-foot tall sensation Maria Sharapova collect a $1 Million Dollar check and a brand new Porche SUV for her win over Serena Willams in the tournament finale.

Maria follows in the footsteps of previous women's tennis superstars Martina Hingis and Anna Kourkonova in returning a beautiful woman to the fore front in world sports. And she has done them one better by proving her ability as a top athlete by winning the 2 most prestegious events of the 2004 season, the WTA Final, and Wimbledon earlier this year.

This year with her tournamet wins and placing, along with product endorsements for major companies incluiding Nike and Motorola, Maria has earned near 10 million dollars. Equivalent to the top men of motorsports, inlcluding Valentino Rossi in MotoGP. More SHARAPOVA

SBK World Superbike Winter Tests

Quickest on old 2003
Team Corona Suzuki GSX-R 1000

Valencia, Spain, Nov 16-18th: Although Troy tried his best, he was unable to get into the 1:35 second bracket in the third and final day of testing at Valencia today. The team had decided to run until 1530 today, but Troy's second crash called a halt to their plans fifteen minutes or so before time. Troy was desperately close to his target and ended with a lap of 1:36.00 - the fastest time of the day and the tests. Troy's pair of crashes were slow speed tip-offs and he was unhurt both times. In the morning, he slid off in the middle of the second turn and in the afternoon he fell in the left-hander going on to the back straight.

Troy:"I am very happy with this first test, because I feel that we have all gelled together really well and already I feel we are a team.

We spent a lot of time today testing tyres and working on the engine's mapping to try and cure a bit of an over-run in the turns. We tries some different ideas, but I guess we didn't fix it, because I crashed twice! Both were low speed affairs and I wasn't injured at all, but it gave the mechanics some work to do!

Considering this is my first time on a four cylinder bike since '97, the tests have gone really well because already I feel part of the bike. Now I'm looking forward to the next test and staying ahead of the opposition.

Troy bested Team Ducati Corse riders at the Valencia test who were on their new 999F 2005 spec bikes. While Troy was on the old spec 2004 Suzuki GSXR1000. All the Suzuki teams including Alstare Suzuki will be switching to the all new and even fsster 2005 model GSXR1000. It's looking like 2005 will be another a great season of SBK racing. More

.Overall fastest times (3-day)
1 Troy Corser (Aus-Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra) 1:36.00
2 Laconi (F-Ducati) 1:36.10; 3 Toseland (GB-Ducati) 1:36.9
4 Muggeridge (Aus-Honda) 1:37.2; 5 Gimbert (F-Yamaha) 1:37.2; 6 Lanzi (I-Ducati) 1:37.3; 7 Martin (Aus-Petronas) 1:37.3
8 Pitt (Aus-Yamaha) 1:37.5; 9 Walker (GB-Kawasaki) 1:39.00
10 Sanchini (I-Kawasaki) 1:39.30; 11 McCoy (Aus-Petronas) 1:39.60

Jerome Giraudo stuffs the Aprilia into a turn.

Aprilia Wins Supermoto S2 World Championship
with New Electronic V-Twin!

Nov 28th Finestrat, Spain: At the incredible race which brought the season to a close at Finestrat (in Spain), Aprilia and her twenty-four year-old French rider, Jerome Giraudo, brought down the house by winning the Supermotard S2 World Championship Title. Presenting themselves at the start with a seemingly insurmountable disadvantage of twenty-six points behind Massimo Verderosa riding his Honda, Aprilia’s flag bearers progressively made up the difference in the space of two heats only then to conquer and win the final by surpassing all rivals, bringing themselves to the top of the classification.

It is a victory with huge implications; not only did Aprilia take the lead from the debut, but they did it with a project decidedly innovative. For the first time ever they introduced into the category a bi-cylindrical propeller, representing a technical choice until now considered to be almost impossible.

“I honestly did not think it was possible to recover from such a deficit – said the rider from Nice – it makes the win even more gratifying. To triumph in a season so tightly contested from the beginning is an amazing result. When Aprilia decided to revolutionize the category by introducing a two-cylinder engine, not to mention an electronically controlled, I thought that at least a year would have to be spent for development purposes. Instead, everything worked perfectly and the results they produced only improved with time. I have to say that the technical staff did an incredible job, riding on the shoulders of Aprilia’s impressive legacy in competitive races.

Ducati 2004 World Championship Winner
Commerative 999R FILA Edition
November 15th: Ducati is celebrating their win of the 2004 World Superbike Championship with the release of this special edition 999R painted in Team Ducati Corse FILA livery. The bike is an interisting mix of the now discontinued 2004 season 999R limited production model on which the winning 999F04 factory superbikes were based, using the short stroke 144hp 999R04 engine, and the old style vented front fairing to retain the Champiuonship bikes' look. But it also gets the new the new 999R05 chassis with the new style sheet aluminum swingarm and Ohlins suspension, including the radial front brakes and forged lightweight marchessini wheels. The mainfront fairing assembly is also the R spec fiberglass

Suggest retail price for the 999R FILA edition is $24,995 which is a great price in Ducati's world, considering the previous edition 999R03 cost $32,000, although it did come with a $3,200 Termignoni race pike and match CPU module. While the new 999R05 with the updrated new 150hp engine sells for $29.995 without a race pipe. And the new 999S05 with 140hp does come with a slip-on race silencer and CPU for $23.995. See your Ducati dealer now for a piece of WSB history. Ducati 999R04 FILA Screensaver

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Noriyuka Haga to Yamaha World Supebike Team
Nori will be returning to the manufacturer which almost saw him clinch the 2000 World Superbike Championship. Nori will be lining up alongside Andrew Pitt on the 2 rider Italian based Yamaha Factory team in 2005. No official announcement has yet been made because Nori remains under contract until the end of the year to the Renegade Ducati team for whom he clinced 6 races wins this year, and finished a close 3rd in the Championship behind Ducati Corse's Toseland and Laconi.

Factory Ducati Superbikes Get Starters for 2005
Beginning this coming season the new factory Ducati 999F05 Superbikes will be running stock production bike starters, the first time ever the factory bikes have used starters. Starters and their heavy batteries are normally left off factory Superbikes to save weight. But the latest factory bikes are so light they need to run added ballast to meet the FIM weight minimum of 356 lbs.

Without a starter, the high compression factory V-twins are impossible to bump start. And once this past season Trgis laconi had to retire from a race when he slid down while leading and couldn;t restart his undamaged bike. After the final points tally, it handed the Championship win to Regis' team mate james Toseland who won the Championship with just 3 race wins to Laconi's 7 wins, with the one DNF probavly costing Regis' the title.

Now with starters on the factory Ducati bikes, restarting and finsihing the race will no longer be a factor.

Corona Beer to Title Sponsor World Superbike
It looks like team Alstare Corona Suzuki Corona owner Francis Batta has been able to bring in Corona beer to be official title sponsor of the SBK World Superbike Championship begging in 2005. His company Alstare is very aept at promoting, and his wife Patricia will be assisting FGSport in the marketing and promotion of World Superbike.

Ten Kate to get possible Marlboro Sponsorship.
Ten Kate Honda, the semi official factory Honda team in World Superbike and Supersport with Chris Vermullen, is currently in negotions with 2 cigaratte brands to sponsor the team in 2005, with one of the brans susposedly Marlboro.

GSE returns to British Superbike with Ducati
The British GSE
team which took Neil Hodgson to the British Superbike title back in 2001, and then moved to World Superbike in 2002 and 2003, will return to BSB in 2005 as the only factory supported Ducati team. Riders Leon Haslam and James Haydon will be on the ex-factory 999F04 bikes the Corse team used this season.

For the 2004 BSB Championship the HM Plant team made the switch to Honda CBR1000s with riderder michael Rutter and Ryuichi Kiyonari with less than spectactular results. Hence the new lineup of bikes and riders. While reigning BSB champs Monster Mob Ducati were decimated by the Rizla Suzuki team this season, who clinced the 2004 title.

Valentino attends championship celebration at Yamaha factory
Nov 19th - Valentino Rossi, the recently crowned MotoGP World Champion, made a historic journey to Yamaha’s head office today (November 19) in Iwata Japan to visit the facility and the people that supported his 2004 campaign. He also received a personal ‘thank you’ from the company’s president Mr. T. Hasegawa. The flamboyant Italian arrived at Yamaha Motor’s Communication Plaza, by helicopter and was greeted by the huge applause of management and factory staff upon his arrival.

After receiving a personal message from Mr. T. Hasegawa, Valentino then made a number of appearances throughout the Yamaha complex before participating in the official press conference. It was during this moment that Mr. T. Hasegawa presented Valentino a certificate of ownership for one YZR-M1 – the very YZR-M1 which he piloted to his sixth world title.
“Valentino Rossi is more than the world’s best motorcycle racer; he is a personality that is not limited to just the confines of the MotoGP championship,” explained Mr. T. Hasegawa. “From the moment you work with Rossi you instantly become a fan, and you are naturally driven to give more than 100 percent to support him. It is this very trait, and his ability as a rider that led to him winning the world title in his first year. Because of this skill and personality I am proud to present Valentino with the YZR-M1 as a sign of our appreciation for his efforts this year.”
A very happy Rossi said: “This is the best gift I could wish for. I must say thank you to Yamaha and Mr. Hasegawa for giving me my very own M1 to take home. I’m not sure where I will keep it, maybe next to my bed, or maybe in a safe at a bank.”

Valentino then moved on to a private tour of the Yamaha prototype factory where the components of his YZR-M1 are produced, before attending an official Yamaha championship celebration dinner in his honor in nearby Hamamatsu.
Valentino now moves on to Malaysia for his second test aboard the 2005 YZR-M1.

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26 February Qatar Doha Losail
3 April Australia Phillip Island
24 April Spain Valencia
8 May Italy Monza
29 May Great-Britain Silverstone
12 June Czech Republic Brno
26 June San Marino Misano
7 August Great-Britain Brands Hatch
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11 September Germany Lausitzring
25 September Italy Imola
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2005 AMA Superbike Championship Schedule Announced
Laguna Seca AMA Superbikes combined with MotoGP Weekend

PICKERINGTON, Ohio (Oct. 22, 2004) -- AMA Pro Racing has released its schedule for the 2005 AMA Superbike Championship. Highlights include a round at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in conjunction with the MotoGP World Championship event and the debut of a new track configuration for the Daytona 200.
“2005 is going to be an exciting year for fans of AMA road racing,” said Scott Hollingsworth, AMA Pro Racing CEO. “We’re looking forward to showcasing AMA Superbikes alongside the exotic MotoGP bikes at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca as well as returning to all the other great tracks that make up our championship. Plus, with five different riders, on three brands of motorcycles winning AMA Superbike races in 2004, the stage is set to see another closely contested series next year.”

The 2005 AMA Superbike Championship Schedule:
Date Location
March 10-12 Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Fla.
April 22-24 Barber Motorsports Park, Birmingham, Ala. (Superbike Doubleheader)
April 29-May 1 California Speedway, Fontana, Calif. (Superbike Doubleheader)
May 13-15 Infineon Raceway, Sonoma, Calif. (Superbike Doubleheader)
May 21-22 Pikes Peak International Raceway, Fountain, Colo.
June 3-5 Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wisc. (Superbike Doubleheader)
June 25-26 Brainerd International Raceway, Brainerd, Minn.*
July 8-10 Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Monterey, Calif. (Superbike Doubleheader)
July 22-24 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Lexington, Ohio (Superbike Doubleheader)
Sept. 2-4 Road Atlanta, Braselton, Ga. (Superbike Doubleheader)
Sept. 17-18 Virginia International Raceway, Alton, Va.*
* Tentative. To be confirmed.

Plus join us for an exclusive visit to the Ducati Corse Race Shop. Factory and Museum!

What's the Difference Ducati 999RS and 999F Superbike?
In case you ever wondered, the Ducati 999RS is Ducati's customer race bike, of which 10-15 are built to order at the begginning of the season for around $90,000 each. While the 999F is a factory Corse team bike with more expensive components and bodywork.

A good comparision were the Team Renegade Ducati Superbikes raced in World Superbike this past season. Although labelled differently, the bikes which Leon Haslam and Noriyuki haga rode were almost the same in terms of performance.

In the case of Leon’s RS04 bikes (or ‘racing specials’ as they are termed by the factory, the bikes are two of only 16 hand built by the factory and offered to customer teams. Naturally, once received the bikes are modified and set-up according to the preference of the individual rider. The principal changes that Renegade made to Leon’s bikes are as follows;
• The standard Ohlins front forks were changed to the latest Ohlins FG470 gas forks.
The race style gearshift arrangement has been changed to road shift.
• A series of special sensors have been added to the bikes to provide valuable performance data downloaded to computer progams for use by his team of technicians.

Although changing the forks sounds pretty straight forward, there are a number of implications in making the switch, the main obstacle being the cost of the forks themselves which are extremely expensive, and difficult to obtain given that they are only offered to factory teams. The other problems are that the forks require a different wheel spindle, yokes, handlebar clamps and so on, meaning that making the switch is a little more complicated!

As a World Championship contender, Noriyuki was equipped with a pair of F03 or factory bikes. These bikes belonged to Ruben Xaus during the 2003 season and were ridden by him to second place in the World Championship, culminating in a double race win at the final round in Magny Cours.

Although the F-model bikes are very similar to the RS version, there are a number of subtle differences. Ironically, the factory bikes have gas forks fitted as standard, but Noriyuki prefers the standard forks, which have now been fitted to his bikes! Renegade also used brand new RS04 engines for Noriyuki, simply so the engines are fresher.

There were only 4 factory F03 bikes in existence. Apart from the two that went to Renegade which they attempted to sell on E-bay after the season ended, the others previously ridden by Neil Hodgson have been separated. One is in the hands of a private collector, and the other is in the Ducati Museum within the Bologna factory!