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Monday, 8 November 2004 - Five times American Superbike champion Mat Mladin has completed his first test session aboard the all-new 2005 model Suzuki GSX-R1000 that he hopes will take him to a sixth Superbike crown in America next year. Returning to Australia over the weekend, Mladin, his Yoshimura Suzuki crew and teammate Aaron Yates spent a gruelling three-days at the Sepang Circuit in Malaysia last week putting the latest version GSX-R1000 Superbike through a myriad of tests.

By contrast to recent years where the American Superbike team shared the track with other Suzuki supported teams such as the factory MotoGP team, last week’s test saw them there alone. Mladin has been eagerly awaiting the opportunity to ride the latest offering from Suzuki and come away from the test full of praise for the work that has been done by the factory in readiness for 2005.

“Suzuki have made some very strong improvements with the motorcycle and the whole package presents itself with something that we can work straight away,” said Mladin.

“It’s very promising after the first test. It was hard to compare lap times with what we have done there previously as it rain each night we were there, so the track was ‘green’ each time we went out in the morning. We had one of our ’04 models that we rode this year to compare it with and it stacked up very well. Grip was an issue for us under those conditions, but we had a few things to compare the performance with.”

“Dunlop were there in full force as well. They had a full range of tyres to test and are working very hard towards next year.”

There has been very little time for the team to prepare for the test after the rescheduling of the final round of this year’s American Superbike Championship, left them with less than a month to have the new bikes ready to ride.

“The commitment by our team for next year is highlighted by the way my crew basically landed back home at the end of the race season, dropped their families off and then headed on to Japan where they have been preparing the bikes that we used at the test over the past three weeks. A massive and totally committed effort by those guys. Everyone was keen to get going, but with this test now complete, they have been able to head back home and have a well deserved holiday, before they head back to American for our next test in early January.”

The next scheduled test appearance for Mladin and his Yoshimura Suzuki team will be the Dunlop tyre test at the revamped Daytona International Speedway, Florida on January 3 to 5, 2005.

Calendar Angel Nicki Lane keeps new 2005 World Superbike Champion James Toseland quite cool.

World Superbike Gets Stronger - By Jim Gianatsis
Japanese Big Four Return to World Superbike for 2005!

Oct 20th - With the announcement this week from Yamaha Racing Communications that Yamaha Moto Europe is going to return to the SBK World Superbike Championship in 2005 with a 2 rider team based out of their Italian distributorship, it now appears that all four major Japanese manufacturers: Yamaha, Honda, Kawasaki and Suzuki are returning to World Superbike. The loss of the major Japanese factory teams to MotoGP is now over, and the SBK Championship can look forward to regaining its stature and rivalry to MotoGP as the world's most important roadracing series.

Most of the Japanese teams are still in the process of coming together and selecting riders, but the Ten Kate Honda of Germany based team with Chris Vermeulen and former Superbike Champion Troy Corser is already firmed up. While another factory supported team, PSG-1 Kawasaki have sign Chris Walker, formerly of Foggy Petronas. And with so many new team now looking for riders, there's going to be a lot of out of work MotoGP riders next month who will be very happy to have another top level World Championship to move to, particularly other former Ducati World Superbike Champions like Troy Bayliss and Neil Hodgson.

Some might say the Japanese are returning to World Superbike through the back door, using European distributor run teams, to save face in returning to the series which they abandoned 2-3 years ago for the glamour of 4-stroke MotoGP. But we welcome them back in any way, shape or form. And the fact they are returning through already established distributor teams in various European countries means they have an establshed infrastructure of shops, staff, mechanics and transporters already in place. Their costs will be less, they can support more teams with money, bikes and parts. And these already established teams can come out swinging from the first race. We are going to have some incredible racing in World Superbike for 2005.
But not to forget, we also had some incredible racing in 2004 World Superbike. Despite the 1-2 brand dominance, it was certainly the closest Championship ever with 5 riders in contention for the title win from week to week. And the title going down to the final round at Mangy Cours between James Toseland and Regis Laconi.

And don't let us forget, much appreciation must go to Ducati for continuing to support the superbike championship through its lean years to help it survive, both for us fans and for the important marketing tool in is for manufacturers. The Japanese factories lost sight of this important aspect the last few years, and a dramatic decline in Japanese sportbike sales and spectator race attendance (in America and Japan in particular) was the result.

Acknowledgment and appreciation also needs to go out to FGSport president Paolo Flammini and marketing director Robert Wicks for enduring the criticism and allowing Pirelli Tires to come in as the major SBK Championship sponsor to allow the SBK Championship to financially survive in its lean season. And it is acknowledged now by all that the use of required Pirelli spec tires has allowed the racing to be closer and more exciting. Spectators can't see spec tires being a second a lap slower, but they certainly can see the closer racing.
Next year in 2005, instead of seeing 5 riders fighting for the lead at the front of the pack in World Superbike, we just might be seeing 10-15 riders!

And here in America, an acknowledgment of disappoint goes to Laguna Seca Raceway for not renewing its contract with World Superbike. And to AMA Pro Racing for not creating a world class environment for its class rules, race tracks and promoters so World Superbike could find another home in America -the world's biggest sportbike market. Ironic, isn't it?

Ducati Announces its 2005 Superbike Teams
World Champion Neil Hodgson confirmed for AMA Superbike!

Nov 8th - Ducati Corse’s 2005 Superbike programmes are now taking shape with the triple announcement of an unchanged line-up in its World Superbike factory team, the debut of a young Italian talent in a satellite World Superbike structure and a redoubling of its efforts to win the AMA Superbike championship.

24-year-old Brit James Toseland, who won the 2004 World Superbike championship on a Ducati 999F04, will defend the title on the ‘05 version of the bike that won ten of the 22 races on the calendar. One month ago at Magny-Cours, James became the third British rider to win the Superbike crown, and his team-mate will once again be the 29-year-old Frenchman Regis Laconi, who has also been confirmed as Ducati factory rider for 2005.

“This past week has been brilliant, first winning the MCN Man of the Year award and then having my position with Ducati Corse confirmed for 2005,” commented Toseland. “It’s fantastic to start the season with the same team that I won the championship with and I’m hoping that our relationship will continue to be as successful. I learned an awful lot last year and I feel confident about retaining the world championship. I can’t wait to get started.”

“I am very happy to be reconfirmed by Ducati; this is what I wanted,” declared Laconi. “Next year I will try and win the championship for sure, I came very close this year but unfortunately I made some mistakes, even though I was nearly always the quickest rider out on the track... c’est la vie! It’s sure to be more difficult next year but I know that Ducati will be working harder than ever over the winter to prepare an even more competitive bike for the 2005 season.”

A third Ducati 999 will also be raced in World Superbike by the talented Italian youngster Lorenzo Lanzi. The 23-year-old from Cesena earned his promotion with a string of positive results in World Supersport, where he finished fifth overall, and he will campaign a 999RS for the satellite SC team run by Stefano Caracchi. The Bologna-based team will also continue with the Supersport race programme of the Ducati 749R that Lanzi took to its debut this year.

“I am really pleased to have this new challenge, above all because I will have the same Supersport team of mechanics with me,” declared Lanzi. “Once again I move up a category after a year, and for this reason it’s not going to be easy, but I will be riding the 999RS, which is a very competitive bike, and we hope to get some good results.”

The final piece in the jigsaw for Ducati Corse’s Superbike plans comes with the announcement that Toseland’s fellow Brit and 2003 WSBK champion, Neil Hodgson, will line up alongside Eric Bostrom in the Parts Unlimited Ducati Austin AMA Superbike team for next season. After a difficult year in MotoGP on a Desmosedici GP3, the 31-year-old from Burnley is happy to return to the 999 bike that took him to the 2003 WSBK title and is also relishing this tough new challenge.

“Having had a disappointing experience in MotoGP, it’s such a relief to be back where I belong with Ducati Corse,” declared Hodgson. “The AMA Championship poses a great challenge both to me personally and to Ducati as they haven’t won it for many years. I would like to make history and be the first rider ever to have won the British and World Superbike Championships and the AMA Championship. Being back with the 999 is going to be so natural for me and I can’t wait to start testing. The main thing that I have discovered this year is that I cannot race just to make up the numbers. I need to win!”

Toseland, Laconi and Lanzi will be in action next week on November 16-18 in three days of testing at Valencia, whereas Neil Hodgson’s first appearance for the AMA Superbike team is scheduled for January 3-5, 2005 in testing at the legendary Daytona circuit in Florida.

Championship GSE Team Returns to British Superbike
Nov. 8th - After a single season away from competitive track action GSE Racing will make a welcome and eagerly anticipated return to the circuits of the UK, having confirmed their intention to compete at the top level in the prestigious 2005 British Superbike Championship. Running high specification Ducati 999F04 V-twin machinery the GSE squad will be a two-rider team, with the riding line up to be released in due course. GSE Racing will also renew a partnership with Dunlop tyres, a co-operation which has previously netted British Championships and World Superbike race wins.

The 2005 version of GSE Racing will feature largely the same backroom staff as in previous years, headed up by owner and Team Principal Darrell Healey. Team Manager Colin Wright will once more control the racing operations of the double British Championship winning team. GSE will return to the 13-round British Series with the full blessing and support of Ducati Corse.
Having secured two previous crowns in the British Championship, with Troy Bayliss in 1999 and Neil Hodgson in 2000, the credentials of the GSE Racing operation are unquestioned. A return to active duty for GSE will be a momentous occasion for British racing as a whole, thanks to their successes in World Championship competition.

Having always run Ducati V-twin machinery, with strong support from the Borgo Panigale-based Ducati Corse concern, the GSE team has won four World Championship races in its own right. Moreover, the ability to spot, support and develop talent has seen three former GSE Racing riders promoted to full factory status in Ducati’s World Superbike team. Of even more significance, Troy Bayliss, Neil Hodgson and now James Toseland have all gone on to ultimate World Superbike success, with Hodgson and Toseland taking their crowns only one season after their move from GSE to the factory team.

Team Principal Healey stated, “After one year out of racing our hunger to return is evident in the attitude of the staff and our new riders. Ducati has once more supplied us with high-level machinery, for what looks like it will be an even more competitive season than last year. We are a British team, so racing at home, in one of the most prestigious race series on earth, is an exciting prospect for us all.”

Ducati Corse Superbike Program Director, Paolo Ciabatti, added, “We are really glad to be able to work again with GSE Racing. Our relationship, which began in 1998, has been growing stronger and stronger over the years and has brought to Ducati many successes, thanks to the team’s very professional management and to their ability to select and motivate their riders. After one year of absence from the racetracks, we are happy that GSE have confirmed their loyalty to Ducati for their BSB comeback”.

The first round of British Championship competition is scheduled for March 26 – 28, at the Brands Hatch Indy Circuit, a short hop from the GSE Group Headquarters, at Ashford in Kent

Foggy PETRONAS Signs McCoy and Martin for World Superbike
Nov 9th - Carl Fogarty has signed Australian pair Garry McCoy and Steve Martin for his Foggy PETRONAS Racing team's 2005 Superbike World Championship campaign. The two riders will have their first taste of action on the PETRONAS FP1 at a three-day test in Valencia, Spain, next week.

Carl said: "I am very pleased to have been able to replace our riders from last year, who finished 9th and 11th in the championship, with two guys who finished 6th and 7th. We were very impressed by the standard of riders that were interested in joining us next year, which provided a few headaches. But, out of all of them, I felt Garry and Steve were the hungriest for success - and with points still to prove.

"Garry is a very exciting rider, with a proven pedigree, who I think will adapt well to our bike. He has a radical style and he has won GPs on a high revving two-stroke machine. The FP1's power characteristics are probably closer to that type of machine than the Ducati he rode last year.

"Steve is probably the most under-rated rider on the world scene. He wants to be noticed and now it's up to him to make people sit up and take notice. He is a gutsy competitor, with good set-up abilities, who suffered with reliability problems last year so he was the name that nobody mentioned - but they will now!"

McCoy, 32, completed his first season in World Superbikes last year, finishing sixth in the championship and winning his home race at Phillip Island. Brought up in speedway, McCoy is known for his exhilarating riding style, sliding the back wheel into corners. During his career in Grand Prix racing he won three 500cc GPs in 2000, when he finished fifth in the championship. Before switching to superbikes he achieved a total of 17 GP podiums, including five victories.

Garry said: "I am really looking forward to it. It is still only early days for the FP1 but, from the results the team has been achieving lately, it's clear it has potential. I never set myself targets, I just go out to win. But I am really hoping to do better than last year as I now know a lot of the tracks that I didn't know in my first season, which made it really tough. I am also really pleased to have Steve as a team-mate and the chance to share information in trying to get the bike up there challenging for podiums."

Martin, 35, is a former Australian Superbike champion, who spent three years in World Superbikes with a Pirelli development team before the single-manufacturer tyre rule came into force last season. Despite a series of agonising technical failures during races he finished seventh in the championship standings, including five podium finishes. His natural talent was also underlined with three pole positions in 2004.

Steve said: "I am really excited by this opportunity and I am going to give it everything I have got. I know the team has a great bunch of guys and a great bunch of technicians who will be right behind me and I am sure that we can challenge consistently for podiums and better my seventh place in last year's standings. I have seen the FP1 out on track and it clearly handles really well and had good pace for only its second year of racing. It improved a lot during last season and I am sure that the improvement will continue and that we will be on the pace for 2005."

Steve and Garry replace Troy Corser and Chris Walker, who were 9th and 11th in the championship respectively. (But Martin and McCoy were riding much more competitive Ducati 999RS04 Superbikes this year, and will have a much more difficult row to hoe in 2005 on the underpowered Foggy 900cc 3-cylinder Superbike. - Ed).

The new Bimota DB5 looks like the budget sportbike Ducati should be offering based on their 1000DS 2-valve aircooled 87hp engine. But with Bimota's high quality components and lower volume production this hot new sportbike will fetch a high end superbike price.

Bimota Bounces Back at Intermot with 2 Exciting New Bikes!
October 2004: Three years after an Italian court closed Bimota and declared the company bankrupt the maker of some of the most beautiful, expensive and desirable bikes in the world has been revived with new management and new money. At the recent Intermot show, Europe's biggest motorcycle expo held in Munich, Germany last month, Bimota unveiled a prototype, a new model and their current SB8K bike.

The bike on which the tiny Rimini manufacturer is pinning its hopes is the DB5, built around the Ducati 1000DS L-twin motor that powers Ducati's 1000SS sports bike, the Multistrada and the 1000 Monster
The bodywork has been kept to a minimum so you can see the classic air-cooled motor.

This project was conceived with the ambition to take Bimota back to its origins: compactness, lightness and refined mechanical details were the initial inputs in the execution of a dream completely Made in Italy. The styling by Sergio Robbiano, enhances the aggressiveness of the DB5 by leaving most of the mechanical parts in view; it could be compared to a jewel-studded precious piece of art.
It features a trellis frame and a unique tubular trellis swing-arm, with Ohlins suspension at each end and an underseat exhaust system. The bodywork has been kept to a minimum so you can see the classic air-cooled motor with its exposed cam belts and dry clutch doing their thing.

Also unveiled was the Tesi 2D prototype powered by the 1000DS twin, but with the famous hub-centre steering system designed by Bimota engineer Pierluigi Marconi in the late 1980s for his thesis – hence the name "Tesi". A dream, re-interpreting Bimota1s traditional characteristics which have left an indelible mark in the history of the motorcycle, models such as the HB1, KB2 Laser, DB1 and other designs which have never been forgotten by enthusiasts all over the world.

The system – and the minimal chassis on which it pivots – have been further developed by ex-Bimota technician Rodrigo Ascanio who now has his own engineering set-up under the name VRM.
The Tesi also has no bodywork to speak of, so you can see the suspension system at work – see below for a bigger view of this unique motorcycle

Also shown was the SB8K which is the current and updated result of Bimota's previous commitment with the Suzuki TL1000S V-twin motor. It's painted in Anthony Gobert's colours to commemorate his attack on the World Superbike championship with the original SB8R. Now somewhat outdated, though beautiful executed in the Bimota tradition, the SB8K will have to carry the company until the DB5 becomes available.
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Nicky Hayden Fastest MotoGP Rider at Valencia MotoGP Team Testing

MotoGP Tests Valencia November 3-4, 2004. - The 2004 grand prix season ended last Sunday at Valencia but such is the level of competition the MotoGP that the teams have no time to relax and reflect on past performances. Many of the leading teamsincluding Honda, yamaha and Ducati stayed on at Valencia to begin their preparations for the upcoming series of vital winter test sessions.

The fastest rider on Day One was Yamaha's Valentino Rossi with a 1'33'.45' closely followed by American Nicky Hayden. The former AMA Superbike Champion put in an astonishing 94 laps at the demanding 4.005km Ricardo Tormo Circuit on the outskirts of the city of Valencia. Hayden set a best time of 1m 33.46 on his five-cylinder 990cc RC211V Honda.

The Gauloises Fortuna Yamaha Team saw World Champion Valentino Rossi joined on track by his 2005 team-mate Colin Edwards. Rossi, along with Yamaha test rider Wataru Yoshikawa, spent much of the day testing the first prototype of Yamaha’s latest-spec 2005 M1 machine. Rossi would only test on the first day, and not on day two.

Rossi made the fastest unofficial lap time of the day of 1’33.45s with a total 62 laps under his belt, while Edwards made an impressive first-time Yamaha record of 1’34.56s and 75 laps.

“We tried the new bike today and it’s not bad,” commented World Champion Rossi. “I have quite a good impression of it. I’ve already ridden it well and especially because we tried new Michelin tyres and it went well with those too. It seems to me to be more stable, and the traction is more or less better. This bike definitely has good potential for acceleration, and the handling is still sweet. The biggest change is in the chassis. At this moment we are quite clear on which direction to follow with it but this is just the first test and we still have a long way to go. We have concluded our first test with the new bike and now we look forward to the next test later this month.”

The Honda riders opened their winter test programme testing new Michelin tyres and the latest chassis development. Hayden would come back on the final day of the two-day MotoGP test held at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit, Valencia, in Rossi's absence to turn the quickest time of the test a 1'33.2". The former AMA Superbike Champion was happy with the progress made over the two days. Hayden now leaves Europe for a short break at home before returning to Spain later this month for further HRC tests with the RC211V five-cylinder 990cc Honda.

Max Biaggi was busy all morning testing alternative chassis settings and new clutch parts for his RCV. The Italian was in and out of the pits several times and completed 46 laps. Despite the stop - start nature of his day Biaggi managed to better his fastest lap at the Valencia GP last Sunday (1m 33.582s) with a time of 1m 33.1s at the 4.005km circuit.

The third RC211V at the test was in the hands of Spaniard Sete Gibernau but like Biaggi he was forced to call it a day after lunch. Before he stopped Gibernau managed to assess the performance of new clutch parts and
alternative exhaust systems. The planned tyre test session for Gibernau with new Michelin tyres was abandoned the due to the rain.

Nicky Hayden. 1m 33.2s - 40 laps. "Pretty good three days all round. Got 90 laps in yesterday and around 40 today with a best time of 1'33.18 before we stopped when slight rain fell and we all called it a day. We managed to click off a whole bunch of mid 1m 33's, which we were pretty happy with. We had a load of Michelins we were testing today - didn't get through them all but made some pretty good progress anyway. Looking forward to a little break now before we're all back in Spain (Jerez) towards the end of November testing again. I'm going to try and get a little bit of medical advice on my knee that hasn't been 100% ever since the accident in August."

Max Biaggi. 1m 33.4s - 46 laps. "We tested changes to chassis and some clutch parts today and made some progress but we stopped after the rain came at 14.00. We only put in 30 or so laps but the work we did was important for us to be ready for the test at Jerez later this month."

Sete Gibernau. 1m 33.7s - 38 laps. "The rain had a big effect on our plans for today. We managed to test some new clutch parts and different types of exhaust pipes and hoped to test tyres for Michelin in the afternoon. However, the rain came just after lunchtime and we had to abandon the test."

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Troy Bayliss says "Goodbye" to Ducati
I guess this is my time finished at Ducati and I was pleased to leave them with a half decent result in Valencia. Some people think I pulled out something extra for the last race but no, everything was the same as usual, I always ride the same. It was just that the bike was really coming together.

Phillip Island was good apart from a few bad choices and then we stayed on for a test and made another step forward. We moved on to Valencia and the bike was good straight out of the box basically, it was working really well. I enjoyed the whole race weekend because I was part of it, you know? I was at the front and that’s where I like to be.

“…As for the factory in Bologna, thank you to everyone from the top floor to the bottom and especially to Davide Tardozzi and Paolo Ciabatti – they basically put me there in the first place…”.

It was also a nice way to leave a bunch of guys I call “Team a Team”. That’s my crew I’ve been working with for the last four years. They might think they’ve got rid of me but I’ve said I’ll be around for food and I’ll be visiting the box when I want and uninvited! As for the factory in Bologna, thank you to everyone from the top floor to the bottom and especially to Davide Tardozzi and Paolo Ciabatti – they basically put me there in the first place.

My next stop in Bologna will probably be at the Motorshow – like I said, I’ll be around. Take it easy!, - Troy Bayliss
2001 World Superbike Champion

Hayden Re Signs with Honda for 2 more years
October 31st - Honda today announced that Nicky Hayden will ride in the Official Honda Factory Team for 2005 and 2006.

The 23-year-old from Owensboro, Kentucky, USA arrived in MotoGP at the start of 2003, fresh from being crowned the youngest ever AMA Superbike Champion. The talented American was Rookie of the Year in his first season with the Repsol Honda Team and although 2004 has been hard he has secured front row starts and podiums in his second year with the team.

Hayden commented;” I’m so happy to be able to announce this news. I’ve been racing with Honda for six years and I’m real pleased that they have shown faith in me to sign me up for another couple of years. I’m under no illusions; it’s not going to be easy but Honda are building a new team around me for 2005 and I’m going all out to reach my full potential. I ‘d like to say a big thanks to all the guys who have helped me so much over the last few years; it was fun and I really appreciate all the work.”

Satoru Horiike – HRC Managing Director said of Hayden; “We look at Nicky as a long term hope for Honda – a future Champion. He works hard and gives 100%. He still has a lot to learn and we propose to put everything in place to give him and his new team every chance of success. The past two years have been a good experience for Nicky. He has learnt the tracks and learnt about MotoGP and we want to teach him to win and to make a habit of it!”

Honda also announced today that Alex Barros’ one-year contract with the Repsol Honda Team wouldn’t be extended.
Horiike continued; “It has been a pleasure to work with Alex this year and we wish him well. He and his team have put everything into this year and sadly have not had much to celebrate. We at Honda need to be fighting at the front of the pack on a regular basis and will be announcing a replacement and new team mate for Hayden in the near future.”

It is expected that Max Biaggi, currently on the Camel Honda team, will being joining Hayden on the official factory Repsol Honda team.

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Dates Country Circuit
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
4 September Netherlands Assen
11 September Germany Lausitzring
25 September Italy Imola
9 October France Magny-Cours
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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.

Chevrolet Ends AMA Naional Roadracing and Motocross Sponsorships
PICKERINGTON, Ohio (Oct. 14, 2004) -- AMA Pro Racing announced today that Chevrolet will not return as title sponsor of the AMA Motocross Championship or the AMA Superbike Championship in 2005.

Chevrolet has been title sponsor of both championship series since 2000. The strategy originally was to support Chevy’s truck division then was expanded at the beginning of the 2004 racing season to include Chevrolet’s entire model line-up.
“Chevrolet has been a tremendous partner with us for the last five years and we sincerely appreciate that support,” said John Farris, AMA Pro Racing Vice President of Commercial Development.

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Ducati MotoGP Team Commences Winter testing
Valencia, monday november 1, 2004: Just one day after the end of the 2004 MotoGP World Championship, the Ducati Marlboro Team returned to the Valencia circuit to commence its winter testing programme with Loris Capirossi and new signing Carlos Checa.
Checa tried the Desmosedici GP4 for the first time this afternoon, clocking a best lap time of 1m 34.0s. Capirossi rode 41 laps, working to find the traction that he had lacked during the weekend. His best lap time was 1m 34.4s.
Both riders will continue testing on Wednesday and Thursday.

Valencia (Spain), Thursday 4 November, 2004 - Bad weather washed out today's final day of testing for the Ducati Marlboro Team at Valencia. Loris Capirossi and Carlos Checa were only able to lap in the morning on a dry track, but were then forced to call a halt to proceedings early in the afternoon when it started to rain at the Spanish circuit.
Loris Capirossi got his first taste of the evolution version of the Desmosedici this morning after it had been used by tester Vittoriano Guareschi yesterday. The Desmosedici, fitted with a series of electronic modifications, is still at a prototype stage and Loris completed 28 laps, mainly aiming to obtain the right feeling with the new components which are being tested by the Italian rider for the first time.
Capirossi, who mainly focussed on providing Ducati Corse engineers with feedback and suggestions, set a quickest time of 1'34.8.

Carlos Checa continued his learning curve with the bike and the team and completed 40 laps, the best being 1'33.7.

The Ducati Marlboro Team will be back on track at Jerez from 23-25 November.

Valencia Grand Prix, Valencia
Saturday October 30 2004
Basketball legend Michael Jordan made his MotoGP debut at Valencia today, riding the Ducati Desmosedici two-seater! Recognised as the greatest basketball player of all time Jordan rode four laps of the tortuous Spanish circuit in company with four MotoGP full-timers - Sete Gibernau, Colin Edwards, Kenny Roberts Junior and Kurtis Roberts.

A keen motorcyclist since the age of five, Jordan is a racetrack regular in the United States, where he runs the Jumpman23.com team fielding Montez Stewart in AMA Supersport and Superstock. The six-time NBA champion is also an enthusiastic street rider, owning a Ducati 998 and 999 amongst a substantial two-wheel stable. Jordan flew to Spain in his private jet, with the simple idea of watching this weekend's Valencia GP, the final event of the 2004 season. But then he found himself getting talked into taking a ride on Ducati's 230-plus horsepower V4.

"It was Sete who talked me into it!" laughed the six foot six giant. who wore a custom-made set of Alpinestars leathers. "That was fun, but I only got it up to fourth gear, I can't imagine what these things are like wide open in sixth! The straightaways were no problem, but I was trying to find the markers for the corners, then I had these other guys riding alongside tapping me on the leg! These things have so much power, I was trying to pull a wheelie, but in the end I was a bit too afraid, so I just started waving! I guess you could say I need a bit more time to get used to all that power."

Before the ride Jordan got to meet Ducati Team riders Loris Capirossi and Troy Bayliss, while regular two-seater rider Randy Mamola explained the layout of the Desmosedici.
"I've been into bikes pretty much all my life, I started riding dirt bikes when I was five," added the former Chicago Bulls player. "And I really like this whole MotoGP thing. Maybe I'd like to have a team one day, but I'm only learning this whole deal right now."

Kerry Bryant Leaves Jardine
to Open His Own
Exhaust Design Company

Nov 1st - A legend in the motorcycle exhaust industry, Kerry Bryant has left Jardine / Doug Thorley Headers after a 3 year position there as Vice President of Marketing / Sales / Engineering Director, to open his own Exhausr system design and production company called Area No Limits with his wife Jennu and sons Kenny and Kelly.

Kerry had previously served as marketing director at White Brothers during 1the late 90's and previous to that at SuperTrapp since the early 1980's where he was instamental in designing new exhaust system lines for those companies as well, and working with top factory teams and riders.

"After 25 years of helping bring success to companies like SuperTrapp/Kerker, White Brothers, and Jardine, it's time for me to move on to my own venture, with my family. Many of you know that I am very close to my wife Jenny (who many you have worked with), and sons Kenny (24) and Kelly (19).

We've opened a facility called "AREA P". Obviously most of you know what I've specialized in through-out my career. Area P continues and expands upon that specialty. You can reach us at areapnolimits@sbcglobal.net
Or visit the website we recently began creating/building at www.areapnolimits.com for more info.

Over the last four weeks at Jardine/Doug Thorley Headers, I've assembled a team to take over my responsibilities here:
John Gunter - takes over as Director of Sales.
Paul Harrington - takes over as Director of Marketing.
Troy Mastell - takes over as Director of R&D/Engineering.

These are all staff members that I have worked with for the last 3 years. You will be in good hands with all of them.

I wish Jardine Performance Products/Doug Thorley Headers, as well as all of you continued success."

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