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MotoGP Introduces New
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A new feature in the TV graphics for the MotoGP broadcasts is being introduced this weekend during the Alice Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland, showing riders’ precise situation on the track in real time.

The system, based on GPS technology, has been jointly developed by the teams, motorcycle manufacturers, leather suit manufacturers and Dorna Sports engineers.

A transmitter-receiver, mounted either on the bike (GPS Data Bike) or inside the back protector of the rider’s leather (GPS Data Rider), sends real time information to the TV International Program Feed unit, where it is converted into graphics and is inserted in the final television signal.

This data is transmitted thanks to the On Board system installed on the bike. In the case of the experimental system installed inside the leather’s back protection, a new radio-frequency tool has been developed to transmit data from the rider to the bike via bluetooth technology, avoiding cables or hard connections between the rider and the bike. This will allow the introduction of extended information in the future, such as rider body temperature, heartbeat, etc.

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Suzuka 8 Hours

Saturday’s Superpole session to determine grid positions, contested by the fastest 20 teams in qualifying, saw Veteran Shinichi Ito FCC TSR Honda CBR1000RR take Superpole from the Seven Stars CBR of Tohru Ukawa and Kazuki Tokudome’s Masked Bandit CBR1000RR.

Honda CBR1000RR machines filled the podium places at the 28th running of the Suzuka 8 Hours Endurance race held in Japan today, Sunday July 31. Ryuichi Kiyonari and Tohru Ukawa brought the Seven Stars Honda home 3-laps clear of team-mates Katsuaki Fujiwara and Chris Vermeulen with the HARC PRO Honda CBR1000RR of Haruchika Aoki and Tsuyoshi Yasuda in third place.

The race win was Ukawa’s fifth victory in the high-speed classic, a record. Kiyonari scored his first ever victory in an international race at the circuit.

“I am really happy and I can't believe it. I expected a tough race so when Kagayama was pushing at the beginning, I was only thinking about my pace. Then I tried to concentrate on the race,” said a jubilant Kiyonari.

Team mate Ukawa was equally pleased. He said, “Fantastic, the best machine, the best partner and the best team made it possible. Five wins is a great record, but I hope Ryuichi will break it one day.”

Ryuichi ‘Kiyo’ Kiyonari was the chosen lead-off rider on the # 7 Honda and he quickly moved to the front chased by Ito on the FCC TSR Honda with the Yoshimura Suzuki of Kagayama close behind. At the pit-stop and rider change-over Kiyo handed team-mate Ukawa a 10 second lead over the Yoshimura team with Moriwaki up to third place.

From that point on Kiyo and Ukawa were never under serious threat and steadily extended their lead. The two men held their nerve when the rain started to fall as the third hour began and the Seven Stars team made good use of their Michelin rain tyres lapping consistently faster than their rivals. Many others were not so cool, several of their leading challengers crashing in the heavy rain and consequent slippery conditions.

Tokudome crashed the Masked Rider Honda at the Spoon curve but managed to get the machine back to the pits, eventually finishing fifth. At the end of the third hour Okada crashed the # 74 Sakurai CBR1000RR, riding the machine back to the pits on the grass.

The Kiyo /Ukawa CBR was now well over a lap clear of Ito and Tsujimura in second and the Moriwaki pairing of Leon Camier and Naoki Matsudo in third. Camier crashed before hour five, getting back to the pits for repairs. The team eventually finished 15th.

As the race passed the halfway stage the rain eased off but it didn’t help Ito and Tsujimura who were forced into the pits by a technical problem that cost them time and left the leaders with a clear run to the flag. Ito And Tsujimura eventually finished in14th place.

Kiyo and Ukawa were in a class of their own and stretched their lead lap by lap leaving their rivals to dispute the minor places. The Harc Pro Honda of former 125cc World Champion Haruchika Aoki and Tsuyoshi Yasuda slotted into second place ahead of the second Seven Stars-liveried CBR1000RR of Fujiwara and Vermeulen in third with an hour to go.

Fujiwara and Vermeulen then passed the Harc Pro pairing in the seventh hour to finish three-laps behind the winners with Aoki and Yasuda a further lap behind in third. Honda filled the top six places. Deguchi and Tejima brought their FCC TSR CBR home in fourth place just ahead of the Masked Rider Honda of Tokudome and Yamaguchi. Young Australian Josh Brooks and partner Yoshiyuki Sugai finished sixth.

Katsunori Suzuki, team manager to Kiyonari and Ukawa, said after the ninth consecutive Honda win in the event: “I was worried when it started to rain and also when it started to dry out. We changed to wet tyres earlier than the other teams and that counted to our win. Yoshiteru Konishi, the reserve rider, advised us to do so. The total performance of our team resulted to the win.”

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Brands Hatch World Superbike, Great Britain August 6-7th - The European World Premier of the SBK World Superbike endorsed 2006 Fast Dates Racebike Pinup Calendar will take place in the SBK Paddock Show display during the Brands Hatch World Superbike Weekend August 6-7th in Great Britain.

Right along side the top factory riders holding their press conferences and signing autographs for fans, our beautiful new Fast Dates Calendar Angels Monica McDermott and Gemma Gleason will be there with phptpgra[her and editor jim Gianatsis to meet everyone and autograph the new 2006 Calendars. A special SBK presentation will also take place there on Saturday afternoon after Super Pole with the models and Jim Gianatsis presenting the new 2006 Fast Dates Calendar to SBK's Paolo Flammini, and then the models posing with fans for photos.

Meet the beautiful Monica McDermott (above left), Gemma Gleason (above right) and Aaliayah (right) who we found at the London based motorsports oriented model agency Universal Models.

Needless to say we are nervous going to the biggest race on the WSB calendar where 125,000 crazed British sportbike fans are wearing war paint, armed with air horns and high on bangers and Guinness! Armed with no more than a bikini and a smile, were we'll be counting on Monica, Gemma and Aaliayah to protect us from their superbike crazed countrymen.

We are also excited to announce, as in the tradition of previous Fast Dates Calendar shoots at World Superbike races, both Monica and Gemma have bed confirmed by Team Ducati Corseto serve as their official team umbrella girls on Sunday for reigning World Champion James Toseland and his runner up team mate Regia Laconi.

At both Calendar Live Premier Weekends fans will be able to buy all 3 of the the new 2006 Calendars and have them personally autographed by the Calendar Angels. Assisting us with the sales of the calendars in the Paddock Show during the Bramds Hatch weekend will be British Calendar distributor, giving the beautiful models lots of extra time to pose for photos with fans.

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And We Have a Winner! SBK Fast Dates World Superbike & Ducati Corse girl "Rockin Robin" Cunningham accompanied us to Dreamcraft Studios to shoot their just completed $250.000 billet bike "Rapture" on Monday the 11th with Jim Gianatsis for the next Iron & Lace Custom Bike Pinup Calendar. Robin then served as our LA Calendar Bike Show hostess and Master of Ceremonies a few days later where the "Rapture" won the coveted Performance Machine Best of Show title.

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Los Angeles, CA, July 16-17th. - It was an an impressive lineup of America's top celebrity custom bike builders with the hottest new bikes, free Iron & Lace Calendar Builders Seminars and literally hundreds of beautiful girls at the big Los Angeles Calendar Motorcycle Show Weekend. In fact, many of these top name builders made their first ever pubic appearance as builders at the LA Calendar Show, and garnered world wide recognition of their leading edge bikes in the produced Iron & Lace Calendar photographed by Show producer Jim Gianatsis.

The Los Angeles Calendar Motorcycle Show Weekend presented by Performance Machine continued to grow again this year as the most popular consumer street bike show in America. Always the 3rd weekend of July at the Queen Mary Event Park in Long Beach, CA,, the Show offers a huge weekend of activities with sold out participation from 195 major motorcycle and product companies, up 30 more from last year in an expanded event layout. The Show again featured leading custom bike builders from across America and around the world, and hotested a 2-day near capacity crowd of 18,000, up another 20% over last year.

Spectators jam the Pro Builder Bike Contest area in front of the main stage and the Hooters food tent.

The Show is produced by Jim Gianatsis of Gianatsis Design Associates, also producer of the renown Motorcycle Pinup Calendars and Website for which the Calendar Bike Show marked the 2006 Calendars’ World Premier.

A new addition to the Show this year was its affiliation as an Official Qualifying Round of the American Motorcycle Dealer World Championship of Custom Bike Building, with the top placing bikes in the Performance Machine Bike Show Contest receiving a confirmed invitation to the AMD World Championship Final at Big Twin West in Las Vegas the weekend of November 18-20th.

1st Place in the 2Wheel Tuner Magazine Sportbike class went to Mike Witte who came all the way from Roseville, Michigan, with this very unique machine - a Suzuki RG500 Gamma square 4-cylinder engine mounted in a lightweight and modern Aprilia RS250 chassis. Beautiful! Mark poses with one of our Show's unique Mikuni Carburetor Desk Pen Set award Placques.

Above: Stage activities were hosted throughout the weekend by Calendar Angel, Miss Texas, Miss Harley-Davidson and SBK Fast Dates World Superbike and Ducati Corse girl (in cowbow hat) “Rockin’ Robin" Cunningham. Robin was assisted for the trophy presentation on Sunday by (left to right) Performance Machine marketing director Ted Sands and’s Keith “Bandit” Ball, and our other Calendar Angels assisting with stage activities included Andra Cobb, Christina Lindley and California director Dominique Lafayette.

Calendar Show Model Search runner up Natalie Green (left) and SBK Fast Dates World Superbike and Ducati Corse girl Andra Cobb (right) pose with Jesse Rooke's latest 2 wheeled creation which premiered a week earlier at Laguna Seca MotoGP, a Yamaha 50th Anniversary inspired street rod sponsored by Dunlop tires.

The Show weekend offered an incredible lineup of activities including the Jardine Performance West Coast Horsepower Dyno Shootout - an exclusive feature attraction at the Show. The dyno was hosted by Jardine Marketing Director John Gunter, together with Kerry Bryant and Cycle News editor Scott Rousseau. The dyno ran some 80 bikes non-stop thoughout the 2-day weekend to a standing room only crowd of spectators. The strongest running Harley was East Side Performance’s Turbo Nitrous Harley 107 ci with 283.7 hp. World Record holder John Noonan returned to try and breakhis record of 545 hp, but with engine problems could only manage this year to get his Turbo Nitrous Suzuki Hyabusa up to 339.0 hp to still win this year's Unlimited Sportbike class.

Former AMA 250cc GP Class roadracer Roland Sands of Performance Machine fame, now turned custom bike builder and TV star, takes questions from the audience during his Iron & Lace Calendar Builder Seminar at the Show, with his latest custom "Glory Stomper" in the foreground. Look for "Glory Stomper" in the next Calendar as well.

The Purrfect Angelz performed their own special rendition to music of Madona's "Like a Virgin." Needless to say, all the guys in the audience were ready to propose matrimony!

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Rossi celebrates his GP race win totals now matching the legendary Mike "The Bike" Hailwood. And Sete is bridesmaid again.

MotoGP World Championship Championship, Sachenring Germany Round 10 of 17

Rossi Snatches Victory from Hayden and Gibernau
in the Closing Laps of the German MotoGP

Sachsenring, DM, July 29-31 - Just one week after his stunning wet weather win at Donington Park in England, reigning MotoGP World Champion Valentino Rossi was back on top of the podium at the Sachsenring circuit as he snatched victory from Sete Gibernau (Honda) on the final lap of the German Grand Prix today. The tenth round of the 2005 campaign and Rossi's 150th Grand Prix appearance in all was stopped after five laps when John Hopkins (Suzuki) crashed out and left his machine strewn in the middle of the circuit. By that time Rossi had made his way up to second place and when the race restarted he quickly began to pile the pressure on early race leader Nicky Hayden, taking the lead on the second lap.

One lap later Gibernau passed both Hayden and Rossi, who was then relegated back to third place by the American on lap 13. The Italian mounted a typical late charge, passing Hayden and closing in on Gibernau during the closing stages of the race as he prepared an attack on the final lap. It proved unnecessary however, as a mistake from Gibernau in turn one handed the Italian his 76th Grand Prix victory, moving him third in the all-time Grand Prix winners list, level with Mike Hailwood. Whilst Rossi now leads the championship standings by 120 points over Marco Melandri (Honda), his Gauloises Yamaha team-mate Colin Edwards finished a difficult weekend with eighth position in the race today, and drops to fourth overall behind Gibernau. The Texan nonetheless remains in close contention at the top end of the championship table, where four riders are separated by just four points.

Valentino Rossi (Gauloises Yamaha Team) 1st Place: "It's been a difficult weekend for sure. On Friday we arrived with a bad setting for this track and had some big problems. The team and Yamaha have done a fantastic job to recover from a bad situation and have worked step-by-step to resolve the issues. It was a hard race throughout, in some places we were fast and some slower, but the bike was working well after all the work we put in yesterday.

At one point (in the race) I lost second place to Nicky, but luckily I was able to take it back and then I prepared for a last lap battle with Sete. Then Sete made a small mistake at the first braking marker, which is an easy thing to do when you are racing at this speed, and I was able to take the lead. I don't know if I would have won if he hadn't made the mistake, but for sure I would have tried!

I made a special flag to apologise to Mike Hailwood for matching his 76 wins in Grand Prix, because when another rider arrives at your level, it's always disappointing! Mike is one of the greatest riders ever, and now I am beside him on the all-time winners podium in Grand Prix, which is a fantastic achievement!"

Warm Up Towards Summer Break
Five days after packing up in the torrential rain of Donington Park, the MotoGP World Championship paddock unfolded at the Sachsenring circuit beneath clear blue skies today as warm sunshine greeted the world’s premier motorcycle racing series to Germany. The Alice Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland this weekend represents the tenth round of the 2005 season and the final event before a month-long summer break before the action resumes in the Czech Republic on 28th August.

The rest could not come at a better time for reigning World Champion Valentino Rossi, who makes his 150th Grand Prix appearance this weekend and defends a 104-point advantage over Marco Melandri in the championship standings after an exhausting start to the season that has seen him take seven wins from nine races. “Things have gone very well in the first half of the year but we have some tracks coming up that I don’t like – especially Sachsenring and Brno,” admitted Rossi. “I am not so fast at Sachsenring like Donington, also last year we had some problems with the M1, but I think we are more competitive this season and will be able to fight for the podium.”

Rossi will have an extra rival this weekend as Olivier Jacque makes his third appearance of the season as a wildcard for Kawasaki. The Frenchman took pole position for the MotoGP race at this circuit three seasons ago and is looking to build on impressive performances earlier this year at Shanghai, where he finished second to Rossi, and Le Mans. "This will only be my third Grand Prix of the season but it's great to be back with Kawasaki, especially at a track where I have some good memories,” said Jacque. “I've been training hard and this race is really the beginning of my programme as test rider, so I'm looking forward to the challenge, and working with the team to further improve the ZX-RR. It is already a very strong package and I think it will feel at home at the Sachsenring."

Jacque will team up with regular Kawasaki riders Shinya Nakano and Alex Hofmann, who has a special motivation this weekend as he rides in front of an expectant crowd of over 100,000. “Of course you always want to do well in your home race but the dedication the people show to MotoGP in this area deserves an extra effort,” said the German. “The sport is getting more and more popular in this country and we have to keep it this way so I want to do my part by finishing as high as possible in the race. With Olivier in the team it will be more crowded in the garage but my goal is to beat him and Shinya.”

Friday - Barros on top after exciting first day at Sachsenring
Alex Barros set the fastest time despite crashing twice on an incident-packed first day of the Alice Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland at the Sachsenring. Within the space of fifteen minutes of the afternoon session the Brazilian had dropped both his Honda RC211V machines in the final two corners of the notoriously tricky circuit, where Valentino Rossi had also tested the gravel traps with only his second crash of the year in the morning’s opening session. However, Barros’ fastest time of 1’23.808 after just seven laps remained untouched and he tops the overnight time sheets ahead of tomorrow’s qualifying session.

“I’m a little disappointed about the two crashes but not too much because I am still very happy with the job we have done,” said Barros, who holds the circuit record here with a time of 1’24.056 set in last year’s race. “This morning the team gave me a bike that was very competitive and the first crash was probably caused by a little too much enthusiasm from myself over the first few laps. The second one is more difficult to explain because I wasn’t pushing at all. Anyway I’m fine, I didn’t hurt myself at all and I’m really looking forward to tomorrow.”

Rossi was unhurt in his crash but his confidence was clearly damaged as he stuttered to the thirteenth fastest time at a circuit he yesterday claimed was “one of my worst.” Rubén Xaus and John Hopkins also crashed in the afternoon, with the American unable to build on the sixth fastest time in the morning and eventually dropping to twelfth overall. Xaus, meanwhile, ended the day in 19th place.

Sete Gibernau bounced back from the disappointment of crashing out of the lead at Donington Park five days ago to set the second fastest time in both of today’s sessions. After trailing Nicky Hayden by 0.207 seconds in the morning Gibernau was exactly one tenth closer to Barros’ best effort in the afternoon as he chases a repeat of his victory at this circuit two years ago. Fellow Spaniard Carlos Checa was also on form, lapping fourth fastest in the morning and third fastest in the afternoon on the Ducati as he prepares to make the 150th Grand Prix start of his career.

Nicky Hayden was unable to improve his lap times in the searing afternoon heat, with ambient temperatures reaching 32ºC and 43ºC recorded on the track surface. However, the American held on to third place overall as he looks to repeat his podium finish from last season and return to the form that saw him take his debut victory less than a month ago at Laguna Seca. Elsewhere, Olivier Jacque made his return to competitive action for Kawasaki and lapped 15th fastest, two places ahead of his team-mate and local favourite Alex Hofmann.

Hayden's Birthday on Pole
Saturday 30th -Nicky Hayden celebrated his 24th birthday in fine style at the Sachsenring circuit today, taking pole position for the Alice Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland with the fastest MotoGP lap in today’s qualifying practice. Hayden clocked a time of 1’22.785 to hold off the challenge of Honda colleague Sete Gibernau by 0.101 seconds whilst Alex Barros, who crashed twice yesterday after setting the fastest time of the day, set the third quickest lap of the session to complete the front row. The Brazilian was denied the chance to challenge for pole in the closing minutes as he dropped his Honda for the third time this weekend.

“It’s a nice way to celebrate my birthday but tomorrow’s the big one – I’ll have a slice of cake if I do well in the race!” smiled Hayden, who took his first pole position at the Red Bull US Grand Prix three weeks ago. “It’s nice to take pole for the whole team. Laguna Seca was cool because it was my first pole but a lot of people said it was only because it was my home track. Here the other guys know the track much better than me so nobody can say that I didn’t deserve it. In the race I’ll just try to stay up front for as long as possible and go for it; we’ll see what happens.”

MotoGP World Championship leader Valentino Rossi recovered from a tricky opening day at the German track to move up from thirteenth on yesterday’s time sheets to clinch a second row start in fourth place. Marco Melandri, who is currently second to the reigning World Champion in the rider standings, posted a quick final lap to gatecrash an all-Italian second row behind Rossi and ahead of Max Biaggi.

Colin Edwards suffered from similar set-up problems to his team-mate Rossi yesterday but also made progress today as he moved up two places to qualify seventh fastest. The American will be joined on the third row of the grid by Loris Capirossi and Kenny Roberts, who provisionally held pole position for much of the session at a circuit where he celebrated victory five seasons ago.

Roberts’ Suzuki team-mate John Hopkins rode through the pain barrier today after it was confirmed that he has a broken a metatarsal bone in his foot caused by his crash in yesterday afternoon’s second free practice session. The American qualified tenth fastest, taking advantage of Carlos Checa’s misfortune as the Spaniard endured the most spectacular crash of the season so far.

Checa was making a challenge for pole position when he lost control at the top of the notorious turn twelve, a fast right-hander that comes after a series of left-hand bends. Checa was thrown into the air at high speed but miraculously returned to his pit box within minutes to take his second bike and qualify eleventh fastest. Hopkins and Checa are joined on the fourth row by Shinya Nakano, the fastest of a trio of Kawasaki riders with home favourite Alex Hofmann and wildcard Olivier Jacque just behind him in thirteenth and fourteenth respectively.

Alex de Angelis will start from the front of the 250cc grid for the first time this season after clocking a new pole record of 1’24.618 to oust World Champion Dani Pedrosa from top spot by just 0.096 seconds. Jorge Lorenzo and Sebastián Porto complete the front row for the ninth round of the quarter-litre campaign, which sees Pedrosa leading Casey Stoner by 34 points. Stoner qualified seventh fastest today and will line up on the second row of the grid behind Japanese pair Hiroshi Aoyama and Yuki Takahashi and ahead of Randy de Puniet.

Mika Kallio continued his incredible run of pole positions in the 125cc class, racking up his fifth in succession and seventh of the season in a close session this afternoon. Mattia Pasini, who jointly leads the championship with Gabor Talmacsi on 100 points, was baulked on a fast lap by Mike di Meglio and could only watch in frustration as Kallio clocked a final lap of 1’27.965 to secure front spot on the starting grid. Pasini eventually slid to fourth place behind Marco Simoncelli and Thomas Lüthi, who both briefly held pole before Kallio’s late charge, whilst Talmacsi will start from the outside of the second row in eighth place.

Pos. Rider Manufacturer Nat. 1st Qualifying
1 N. Hayden Honda USA 1' 22.785
2 S. Gibernau Honda ESP 1' 22.889
3 A. Barros Honda BRA 1' 22.932
4 V. Rossi Yamaha ITA 1' 22.973
5 M. Melandri Honda ITA 1' 23.051
6 M. Biaggi Honda ITA 1' 23.054
7 C. Edwards Yamaha USA 1' 23.139
8 L. Capirossi Ducati ITA 1' 23.174
9 K. Roberts Suzuki USA 1' 23.212

10 J. Hopkins Suzuki USA 1' 23.296
11 C. Checa Ducati ESP 1' 23.341
12 S. Nakano Kawasaki JPN 1' 23.382
13 A. Hofman Kawasaki GER 1' 23.405
14 O. Jacque Kawasaki FRA 1' 23.715
15 M. Tamada Honda JPN 1' 23.860
16 T. Bayliss Honda AUS 1' 23.916
17 T. Elias Yamaha ESP 1' 24.421
18 R. Xaus Yamaha ESP 1' 24.605

Nicky Hayden (69) won both race starts, Rossi is wide at the right.

Rossi Snatches Another Victory from Giberneau
Race Day, Sunday July 31st - A crowd of more than 95,000 sun-baked race fans watched a thrilling race unfold here in eastern Germany. Valentino Rossi clinched his eighth win of the 2005 MotoGP World Championship and the 76th of his Grand Prix career on the occasion of his 150th appearance at the Alice Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland on Sunday. A mistake by Sete Gibernau on the final lap handed Rossi a crucial advantage that the Italian was unlikely to waste, eventually crossing the line just 0.685 seconds ahead of the Spaniard with Nicky Hayden (Repsol Honda RC211V) third, with Rossi extending his advantage to 120 points over Marco Melandri in the championship standings.

After heavy overnight rain, the race began under clear skies with an ambient temperature of 22 degrees and with the track at 34 degrees. Hayden rocketed into turn one from pole and headed Alex Barros (Camel Honda RC211V) and Rossi into turn two. Rossi took second place off Barros on lap two and on the next lap Troy Bayliss (Camel Honda RC211V) fell, without injury, at the bottom of the hill. But a more significant crash was when John Hopkins (Suzuki) fell at turn two. He lay prone in the track long enough for the red flags to emerge and stop the race.

As it turned out Hopkins was uninjured but he did not take part in the new 25-lap race that followed with riders taking up grid positions based on their positions during the last full lap before the race was stopped. The front row was therefore Hayden, Rossi, Barros.

Again, Nicky powered away from the grid to head the field into turn one, this time with Rossi in second and Gibernau third. On the next lap it was Rossi in the lead after he edged past Nicky into turn one. Gibernau then overtook the American on the same lap and swept past Rossi at the bottom of the hill to lead. A group of five riders had now broken away the front. Gibernau, Rossi, Hayden, Barros and Max Biaggi (Repsol Honda RC211V). Shinya Nakano made a brave effort to get near them from sixth. He had the gap down to 0.7 seconds by lap 11, but he dropped back in the final laps.

Gibernau, Rossi and Hayden had now left Barros and Biaggi to their own duel for fourth and were 2.5 seconds ahead of the Honda men as they began their penultimate lap. As they braked into turn one for the final tour of this 3.671km track, Gibernau ran wide and Rossi slipped past to lead. Hayden could not take advantage of Gibernau’s error and the Spaniard regained his composure to cut back in and block Hayden and he accelerated after Rossi with Hayden right in his wheel tracks. Neither could catch the reigning World Champion over the last hectic lap. But their efforts made this a tough, enthralling contest.

“It was a hard race throughout, in some places we were fast and some slower but the bike was working well after all the hard work we put in yesterday,” said Rossi, who moved level third with Mike Hailwood in the all-time Grand Prix winners’ list. “Sete made a small mistake at the first braking marker, which is an easy thing to do at this speed, and I was able to take the lead. I don’t know if I would have won if he hadn’t made the mistake but I would have tried! I made a small flag to apologise to Mike Hailwood for matching his 76 wins in Grand Prix because when another rider arrives at your level it is always disappointing! Mike is one of the greatest riders ever and now I am beside him on the all-time winners’ podium which is a fantastic achievement.”

Despite coming so close to victory in a 30-lap race that was stopped after five laps when John Hopkins crashed his Suzuki and left it stricken in the middle of the track, Gibernau will be more than satisfied with second place today after the disappointment of crashing out of the lead at Donington Park just seven days ago. The Honda rider also ousted Colin Edwards from third spot in the championship and now lies just a single point behind his team-mate Melandri as the series takes a four-week summer break before the next round at Brno on August 28th.

It was and exiting 3-way battle for the lead after the restart. Rossi held a brief lead after passing Hayden (69, but then, both Hayden repassed and then Giberneau (behind) to lead Rossi to the last 2 laps. Hayden was repassed easily, but Giberneau look set to held of Rossi in another climatic last lap battle, only for Giberneau to overshoot a corner and had the win to Rossi.

After taking his debut pole position at Laguna Seca three weeks ago Nicky Hayden started from the front of the grid twice today, having led from pole for the opening five laps until Hopkins’ crash. His lead in the second part of the race only lasted one lap before he was passed by both Gibernau and Rossi but the American fought back bravely in the second half of the race, taking second back from Rossi and holding on for seven laps until the Italian launched his late attack. However, Hayden’s second podium of the season was a fitting way to celebrate his 24th birthday yesterday and the HRC rider now lies level with Alex Barros in sixth place overall.

After three crashes and a front row start Barros ended an eventful weekend with fifth place in today’s race after conceding fourth to Max Biaggi in a tough battle over the final few laps. Shinya Nakano produced his best performance of the season to take sixth place, crossing the line just 4.557 seconds behind Rossi to provide a welcome boost for Kawasaki after both his team-mates, Alex Hofmann and Olivier Jacque, crashed out in a first-corner collision with Shane Byrne.

Whilst Rossi looks to have his fifth MotoGP title in the bag at the top of the standings, the battle for second place is heating up after Melandri could only manage seventh today. With Gibernau just one point behind him, Edwards is now a further point back after taking eighth place today whilst Biaggi trails the American by the same gap.

Loris Capirossi missed out on the lap record by just 0.003 seconds as he launched a charge in the middle of the race before suffering problems with the left side of his tyre. His time of 1’23.708 was only beaten by Gibernau’s best effort of 1’23.705 as he lapped with the lead group on the Ducati before eventually slipping back to ninth place. Makoto Tamada completed the top ten ahead of Kenny Roberts, Toni Elías, Rubén Xaus, Roby Rolfo and Franco Battiani. Troy Bayliss was the only other faller.

Round: 10 - German MotoGP
Circuit: Sachsenring, Circuit Length: 3671
Lap Record: 1' 23.705 (Sete Gibernau, 2005)
Fastest Lap Ever: 1' 22.756 (Max Biaggi, 2004)

Race: 25 Laps
Pos. Rider Manufacturer Nat. Total Time
1 V. Rossi Yamaha ITA 35' 4.434
2 S. Gibernau Honda ESP +0.685
3 N. Hayden Honda USA +0.885
4 M. Biaggi Honda ITA +2.365
5 A. Barros Honda BRA +2.855
6 S. Nakano Kawasaki JPN +4.557
7 M. Melandri Honda ITA +12.269
8 C. Edwards Yamaha USA +14.849
9 L. Capirossi Ducati ITA +23.489
10 M. Tamada Honda JPN +27.829
11 K. Roberts Suzuki USA +42.099
12 T. Elias Yamaha ESP +47.304
13 R. Xaus Yamaha ESP +1' 0.175
14 R. Rolfo Ducati ITA +1' 7.714
15 F. Battaini Blata WCM ITA +1 lap(s)

Fastest Race Lap:
Pos. Rider Manufacturer Nat. Total Time
1 S. Gibernau Honda ESP 1' 23.705

Championship Standings MotoGP

Pos. Rider Manufacturer Nat. Points
1 Valentino Rossi Yamaha ITA 236
2 Marco Melandri Honda ITA 116
3 Sete Gibernau Honda ESP 115
4 Colin Edwards Yamaha USA 114
5 Max Biaggi Honda ITA 113
6 Alex Barros Honda BRA 101
7 Nicky Hayden Honda USA 101
8 Loris Capirossi Ducati ITA 72
9 Shinya Nakano Kawasaki JPN 65
10 Carlos Checa Ducati ESP 51
11 Troy Bayliss Honda AUS 47
12 Makato Tamada Honda JPN 42
13 Kenny Roberts Suzuki USA 36
14 Ruben Xaus Yamaha ESP 36
15 John Hopkins Suzuki USA 32
16 Toni Elias Yamaha ESP 29
21 David Checa Yamaha ESP 4

Manufacturers standings MotoGP
1 Yamaha 240, 2 Honda 202, 3 Kawasaki 93
4 Ducati 82, 5 Suzuki 60, 6 Blata WCM 5, 7 Proton KR 1, 8 Moriwaki 1

Pedrosa Wins Again in 250cc GP
Dani Pedrosa took his fifth win of the 250cc World Championship to extend his advantage in the series to 50 points. The Spaniard recovered from a collision with Jorge Lorenzo on the fifth lap that bent his exhaust pipe and saw him lose ground on the lead group. The incident proved more costly for Lorenzo, who crashed out of the race and lost two places in the championship standings to Alex de Angelis and Hiroshi Aoyama, the next two men over the line after stunning recovery from Pedrosa. Whilst De Angelis took a lonely second place Aoyama was forced to fight for third with Andrea Dovizioso and Sebastián Porto until the final lap. Casey Stoner, who suffered with a hand problem, was a distant seventh place behind Randy de Puniet but the Australian remains second in the championship with a seven-point advantage over Dovizioso.

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Matt Mladin Re Signs with US Suzuki

During Mid Ohio;s qualifying press conference, five-time AMA Superbike champ Mat Mladin commented on the new three-year deal he inked with Suzuki that will see him continue racing in America.

“It’s actually been done for a few weeks, but I didn’t think it was that big of a talking point myself so I really never said much. I’ve been too busy watching the Tour de France, worried about what Lance Armstron ’s doing, to worry that I’ve signed for three years,” he said with a sly grin.

“Yeah, it looks like I’m going to be around for another few years with Suzuki here in the States, and I’m looking forward to it. It probably just dulled a lot of people’s days to hear that, but I’m happy.”

Fans Have Chance to ‘Race the Racers’ at Virginia AMA Superbike on August 25th!
Think you’ve got what it takes to go wheel-to-wheel with the big guys? Think you’re fast enough to take on the superstars of Superbike? Here’s your chance to find out: As part of the Suzuki Big Kahuna Nationals at VIRginia International Raceway featuring the AMA Superbike Championship presented by Parts Unlimited, scheduled for the weekend of August 26-28, race promoters Race Promotion Management (RPM) are announcing a Superstars Kart Enduro Challenge for Thursday, August 25.

Here’s the concept: There will be 10 single-engine, 200cc Zip karts ready to race at VIR’s Plantation Valley Kart Track on Thursday, August 25, at 5:00 pm. Each kart will have four drivers: one Superbike racer, one media celebrity, one staff member from either AMA, VIR, RPM or event sponsor Suzuki and one fan. Each driver will get 10 laps of the 5/8-mile, 24-foot-wide road racing kart circuit, and then pit for a driver change to one of their teammates. At the end of 40 laps, the kart with the fastest cumulative time is declared the winner. Following the race there will be a reception for all the participants, where trophies will be presented and fan participants will receive a CD of photographs taken during the race.

Here’s the deal for fans: All fans who purchase an advance ticket to the Suzuki Big Kahuna Nationals by the end of the day on August 12, 2005, will have their name entered in the eligibility drawing. Nine names will be drawn, and those picked will be invited to compete in the Suzuki Big Kahuna Nationals Superstars Kart Enduro Challenge. In the event that any of those picked will not be able to attend on August 25 (which is a private test day for the teams, with the general public not allowed), we will continue to pick names until we have one fan driver for each of the nine teams.

Racers who will be participating in the Suzuki Big Kahuna Nationals Superstars Kart Enduro include the following superstars of the sport: Eric Bostrom, Roger Lee Hayden, Aaron Yates, Neil Hodgson, Ben Spies, Jamie Hacking, Aaron Gobert, Kevin Schwantz and a rider to be named later. An additional, 10th team will be fielded by Triangle Cycles of Danville, with pro racer Larry Pegram anchoring the driver line-up.

“VIR is a unique, multi-faceted facility,” said RPM vice-president Cameron Gray, “and we wanted to do something special for the fans that would be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and also showcase what a great place VIR is. We are determined to make the Suzuki Big Kahuna Nationals ‘the race of the year’ for fans, and the Suzuki Big Kahuna Nationals Superstars Kart Enduro is just another of the ways in which we going to do that. VIR’s Plantation Valley Kart Track is a fantastic and challenging karting circuit, and we’re going to have a lot of fun with this event. The bragging rights alone are going to be priceless! We’re really looking forward to it.”

There are a number of advance ticket packages available for the Suzuki Big Kahuna Nationals at VIR. Advance packages include the Flag Room (three-day admission, paddock access, car parking pass, official event program and hospitality on Saturday and Sunday), for $140; Youth Flag Room (5-12 years of age) for $50; the Big Kahuna Super Ticket (three-day admission, paddock and pit walk pass, lap of track, car parking pass and official 2005 Big Kahuna t-shirt) for $99; three-day general admission with paddock access for $55; and pit walk passes ( limited availability, good for all practice and qualifying sessions, requires closed-toe shoes) for $30. At the gate, ticket availability will be limited to three-day passes for $60, single-day tickets (Friday only) for $10 and pit walk passes for $40.

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The event schedule for the Suzuki Big Kahuna Nationals will include three days of racing action, including two feature races for the headlining AMA Superbike Championship presented by Parts Unlimited as well as feature races for the supporting classes including the Pro Honda Oils Supersport Championship presented by Shoei, AMA Repsol Lubricants Superstock Series and Lockhart Phillips USA Formula Xtreme Series.

VIRginia International Raceway is a multi-purpose road racing facility, located on the Dan River between Danville and South Boston, Va., and just north of historic Milton, N.C. In addition to its 3.27-mile natural-terrain road racing circuit (designed to be operated as two autonomous, full-service courses), VIR is the cornerstone of VIR Club, America’s first motorsports country club; the VIR Raceplex Industrial Park; the VIR Gallery, which is a sales showroom for high-end collector and racing cars; the VIR Safety and Security Institute, which provides specialized training for U.S. Government and military groups; The Lodge at VIR, a 27-room hotel overlooking the track; and the Oak Tree Tavern, a full-service restaurant located within the circa-1840 Plantation Clubhouse.

VIR made history from 1957 to 1974 and is doing so again. The 2.25-mile VIR North Course circuit on which the Suzuki Big Kahuna Nationals will take place has 17 challenging turns and 130 feet of elevation change. In addition to spectator events, the track is also available to rent for testing, driving schools and club days.

For more information on VIRginia International Raceway, visit the track’s website at or contact VIR at 434-822-7700. For more information on Race Promotion Management, visit their website at or contact them via telephone at 303-377-3278. For more information on the AMA Superbike Championship Presented by Parts Unlimited, visit their website at

FIM announcement. 2006 MotoGP Provisional Calendar
Dates / Grand Prix / Circuit
March 26th Spain
Jerez de la Frontera
April 8th ** Qatar Doha/Losail
April 23rd Turkey Istanbul
May 7th China Shanghai
May 21st France Le Mans
June 4th Italy Mugello
June 11th Catalunya
June 24th ** Netherlands Assen
July 2nd Germany Sachsenring
July 16th Great Britain
Donington Park
July 23rd United States *
Laguna Seca
August 20th Czech Republic
September 10th Malaysia
September 17th Australia
Phillip Island
September 24th Japan Motegi
October 8th Portugal Estoril
October 29th Valencia
Ricardo Tormo – Valencia

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Sachsenring Proves Tough for Ducati Riders
Ducati Marlboro Team riders Loris Capirossi and Carlos Checa were unable to match their pre race performances in race conditions at the Sachsenring, with Capirossi, who set one of the fastest laps of the race (1'23.708), eventually ninth and Checa a non-finisher after a fall. The race itself was shortened from the expected 30 laps, after highside crash suffered by Suzuki rider John Hopkins left his bike stranded on the racing line.

This incident led to a delay in proceedings and a shortened 25-lap race, with Capirossi in sixth place on the grid, Checa tenth, due to their finishing positions in the aborted five lap start. The race was won by championship leader Valentino Rossi, from Sete Gibernau and Nicky Hayden. Capirossi sits eighth in the championship, with Checa tenth.

"It's a disappointing result after our warm up performances this morning, when we were second and third," said Livio Suppo, Ducati MotoGP Project Manager. "It was particularly disappointing as Carlos had such a good rhythm and pace, so it was a pity to lose him at the beginning of the race. Loris, who was able to set a very fast lap, was not able to maintain the rhythm in the race that he showed in the warm up and that is really a pity. Bridgestone proved to have done a very good job in practice this weekend, so we can enter the summer break hoping for a better result when we get to Brno."

Loris Capirossi looked good for a top five finish in the re-start but a drop off in lap times saw him fight hard to finish ninth, taking seven championship points to maintain his eighth place in the championship.
"In the second part I did not start so well," stated Capirossi. "I worked hard to go faster so I passed Nakano and Melandri and I stayed with them. Then the front pushed hard a couple of times, the first time at the bottom of the fast downhill curve. Towards the end the bike began moving at the back so my pace went down. Here you stay longer on the left hand side of the tyre than that caused problems at the end of the race. We have made a step forward with Bridgestone and we are almost satisfied. We must keep on working. Today I could have done better but I could also just as easily have lost everything. In Brno the second half of the season will begin and it will be the moment to make the real advance."

Carlos Checa was pushing his pace to try and get back into contention with a group of riders just in front when he lost the front at the final corner of lap five, ending his race in the gravel trap.
"I'm very sorry because we worked a lot for all the weekend", said Checa. "It is slightly uphill in that area where I crashed and a little bumpy. I think I was a little bit late on the brakes there and probably a bit too strong. It went past the limit when I let the brakes off and the front lost contact."

Roberts Jr scores points as spectacular crash sidelines Hopkins at Sachsenring
Kenny Roberts Jr raced his Suzuki GSV-R to 11th place in the Alice Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland, after the race had to be re-started following a terrifying high-side crash for team-mate John Hopkins.

Roberts Jr and Hopkins began the initial race well and were sitting in 10th and 12th places respectively. Hopkins then lost control of his GSV-R and was catapulted out of the seat and landed heavily on the circuit. The race was stopped as both the rider and machine were removed from the track. Unfortunately, Friday pm’s injuries were compounded and more significantly the fracture to his left foot became a full dislocation of the broken bone.

The race was re-started with all riders in the position they had finished the original race. Roberts Jr began the 25-lap race – reduced from 30 – in 11th place and managed to move up to 10th on lap five. He battled hard with Makoto Tamada before finally finishing just outside the top-10.

Today’s race was held in cloudy but warm conditions and was watched by 95,364 fans, pushing the overall weekend total of spectators to a record-breaking 216,457. World Champion and runaway series leader Valentino Rossi won the race and equalled Mike Hailwood’s record of 76 Grand Prix wins.

The next round of the MotoGP World Championship will be in four weeks time at Brno in the Czech Republic on Sunday 28th August.

John Hopkins: “Well, I’m battered and bruised. I had one of the worst high-sides I’ve ever had on Friday and then came close to topping that one off this afternoon.

“It was my fault really. I’ve been taking a few painkillers that I’ve been getting from Dr Costa. I just tried to do the best I could and stick with the lead group, but unfortunately my foot was bandaged up and I just lost feeling in it. That was really dangerous because you are on the edge of the tyre so much here. With a broken foot, I just couldn’t feel it on the shifter and I tried to keep my foot clear but accidentally hit the lever on that corner, the bike shifted to second and then I was flying.

“Looks like I won’t be doing too much moto-crossing at home now. I was also planning to do some promotional events with Red Bull and Crescent during the break, but I need to be at home and recover for Brno. I went well there last year and I’m desperate to get a good result”

Kenny Roberts Jr: “Today was about where I expected to finish in the dry. Basically that’s where we seem to be bike-wise right now. We still need help to get something a little bit more competitive inside the chassis. For me that’s just the way it is at the moment.”

Mr Masahito Imada – General Manager, Suzuki Racing Department: “I have now seen the team in action at the last two races and I understand what we have to do to make more advances with the Suzuki GSV-R. It was very good for Kenny to get on the podium last weekend and it showed that the bike can be competitive in the right conditions. (SURE, IN THE RAIN? This guy is obviously a spin doctor. -Editor).

“This weekend John looked very fast until his Friday crash and then today was brave but very unlucky.

“I will now take all the information I have from the races and study it carefully back in Japan. I will see what steps we can take to make the bike a better machine and to strive for better results whatever the weather.”

Team Honda Rider Quotes from Sachsenring
Sete Gibernau, Movistar Honda MotoGP: 2nd: “I’m really happy to have been fighting to win again – this should be our natural habitat and I promise it will continue to be so after the holidays. It has been a good weekend and it almost ended with a perfect race, it was just a shame that I made a mistake on the final lap. I got distracted and lost a precious tenth of a second that cost me victory. The important thing is that we are on our way back and this weekend I had fun on the bike once again. I can guarantee that I will win races this season.”

Nicky Hayden,Repsol Honda Team, 3rd: “I really thought I might have something for them at the end of the race but it wasn’t to be. In the last few laps I closed right up on them. I’m not happy about third but I’m happy about what I learned today. I was riding with two of the top guys in the world and I went to school on them for 30 laps. I feel like I learned a lot from them. I told my boys last night that we could be looking at 25 points but it wasn’t to be. They did a great job and got the bike set-up real well. Once you get that taste for winning you just want more. After so long being off the top of the box, Laguna felt so, so good. I just want that feeling back again real bad and soon.”

Max Biaggi,Repsol Honda Team: 4th: “Well, not so good again I’m afraid. I had to start from the third row as the first race was not so good and I was lying in eighth place when the race was stopped. In the end I made it past Barros and we get fourth place but I am not satisfied, how can I be? We are still fighting with the same problems all season. The front is still jumping and has chatter. It really makes me mad as I know I still have the ability and the motivation to win. At the moment we can only finish on the back and I am very frustrated. I never give up. I will train hard over the next few weeks and will come back after the break at Brno full of spirit for the race and for the rest of the season.”

Alex Barros, Camel Honda: 5th: “I’m a little bit disappointed with fifth place, obviously, but I feel I did everything I could, getting a pretty good start amongst the front group and pushing without a moment’s respite to try and get in front. What I am unhappy with is that eight laps from the end I began to lose rear grip and whatever I tried, including changing the power delivery to save on the tyres, not only was I unable to get amongst the battle for the podium, but I lost the duel with Max as I tried to control the bike which was sliding so much out of the bends. I didn’t’ give up though, and I tried to hang in there, but I couldn’t do anything. Anyway, I’m fifteen points off second position in the championship now and there are still seven races remaining after the summer break.”

Marco Melandri,Movistar Honda Team MotoGP: 7th: “We found a good set-up in the warm up and that gave me a real boost ahead of ! the race. I was relaxed at the start and held on to fifth place but I just didn’t feel as comfortable in the second race – I didn’t have the same level of traction. I didn’t want to force the pace because my objective was to finish the race as high as possible. Now it’s time for the holidays, which are always nice, and then we’ll get ready to get back on the podium at Brno.”

Makoto Tamada, Konica Minolta Honda: 10th: “This hasn’t surely been a great race for me. The setting of the bike was a little better in comparison with this morning, but it still didn’t give me the right confidence to push my bike even more. It is a hard situation because it isn’t simple to understand with precision what doesn’t work. The race had a good rhythm, which before the red flag I could in part maintain. After, the tyres lost a bit of grip and I couldn’t keep going as I was doing before, but this doesn’t have to be an excuse for me. Now I hope that this vacation will help me to find back the best conditions to be ready for the next Grand Prix at the end of August in Brno.”

Troy Bayliss, Camel Honda , crash: “Damn! When things are going wrong there’s not too much to say except I’m sorry, because the weekend hadn’t been going at all bad until qualifying. We were able to sort out the situation though because in the warm-up I felt good with the bike and the tyres and so I was confident for the race. Then I got caught up in the confusion at the first corner where several riders crashed out and I went really wide, almost stopping. I put my head down and tried to recover, and got good draught off Tamada but as I tried to pass him I went into the corner a bit too hard.”

New Rizla Suzuki Rider Buckingham Tastes Champagne at Castle Combe race in England
JAMES BUCKINGHAM took a fairy-tale third place podium finish and set a new lap record at today’s Castle Combe Grand National during his debut ride for Rizla Suzuki.

Buckingham, substituting for regular Rizla Suzuki rider John Reynolds, fought for the victory throughout a nail-biting dry second race that saw five riders fighting for the win from start to finish. He set a brilliant new lap record of 1min09.93s in the process.

Rizla Suzuki’s James Haydon led for most of the second race. A coming together with a back marker with two laps to go relegated him to second and he was pushed back to fourth at the penultimate corner after running off the track to avoid colliding with another rider. He rejoined to finish fourth.

The opening race of the day was held in wet conditions and cut short after just eight of the 15-laps. Haydon took fifth and Buckingham sixth on the bumpy and slippery 1.85-mile-long Wiltshire track. Yamaha’s Tommy Hill won both races.

JR will join James Haydon at Silverstone in Northamptonshire for an official MCRCB test on Tuesday, August 2nd. James Buckingham will be defending his lead in the Superbike Privateer Cup at the ninth round of the British Superbike Championship at Silverstone on August 21st.

James Buckingham:
“I loved riding for Rizla Suzuki this weekend and I think I have proved that with a Factory bike and good team I can run at the front in the Superbike class. I was going for the win in the second race and that was a fantastic experience.”

James Haydon:
“I am disappointed not to have won the second race. We are getting a lot closer to winning every time we race and I am hungrier than ever for success. On the positive side, we got more miles under our belts this weekend and understand the Rizla Suzuki better now. We are in good shape for the rest of the season.”

Dave Marton, Team Technical Support:
“James Buckingham has really impressed us and done a superb job - he is a star for the future and we thank him for his efforts this weekend. James Haydon tested a lot of settings on his Rizla Suzuki and that was always our main objective for the weekend. He deserved to win the second race but a bit of bad luck intervened and the team will be content with the third place for Buckingham.”

Race One Result: 1: Tommy Hill (Yamaha) 10:28.75, 2: Karl Harris (Honda) +2.25, 3: Steve Plater (Honda) +6.99, 4: Jonathan Rea (Honda) +7.51, 5: JAMES HAYDON (RIZLA SUZUKI) +7.91, 6: JAMES BUCKINGHAM (RIZLA SUZUKI) +18.22, 7: Ollie Bridewell (Kawasaki) +18.46, 8: Richard Wren (Yamaha) +18.76, 9: Nick Pusey (Yamaha) +19.21, 10: Steve Brogan (Honda) +22.17

Race Two Result: 1: Hill 21:18.94, 2: Harris +0.47, 3: JAMES BUCKINGHAM (RIZLA SUZUKI) +1.88, 4: JAMES HAYDON (RIZLA SUZUKI) +4.40, 5: Wren +11.46, 6: Rea +20.17, 7: Bridewell +21.53, 8: Brogan +31.05, 9: Les Shand (Yamaha) +36.17, 10: Dean Ellison (Yamaha) +43.83.

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