July 2005
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Page 5 - 2006 Calendars World Premiers!
USA MotoGP Preview • AMA Class Fiasco Continues in 2006
Sportbikes at LA Calendar Motorcycle Show July 16-17th!
Robin Likes it!   Ducati Multistrada S - Bike of the Year!
Race Prepping Yamaha R1 / R6 • Honda CBR1000RR
Rossi's M1
Dyno the 999R05Robin does MV F4-1000 Ago

Dream Streetbike Edelweiss Vacation to France
Joanna Krupa FastDates,com Calendar Angels scores Playboy cover pictorial
Auction Monterey MotoGP Weekend Classic Sport Bike Auction
Catalunya MotoGP Rossi Wins Back 105,000 Fans in Spain
Ducati Doubles Silverstone World Superbike Round
Marco Melandri MotoGP's hottest new star!
World's First Test - Ducati Multistrada S It's's Bike of the Year!

Pirelli Calendar 2005 Supermodels get naked in Rio de Janero
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Ducati 999R05 Our Exclusive First Test with Superbike girl Robin!

World Superbike Fast Dates Calendar model Rockin' Robin Cunningham hosts the LA Calendar Motorcycle Show July 16-17th!

World Live Premiers of the 2006 SBK Fast Dates Calendar!

Meet Cover Model and SBK Fast Dates World Superbike Girl Rockin' Robin Cunningham at the Los Angeles Calendar Motorcycle Show July 16-17th

Monica and Gemma Blow the Lid Off at Brands Hatch WSB August 6th-7th

July 1st, 2005 - The official SBK World Superbike endorsed 2006 Fast Dates Racebike Swimsuit Pinup Calendar will make its US live world premier at our big Los Angeles Calendar Motorcycle Show Weekend at the Queen Mary Event Park in Long Beach, CA on the July 16-17th weekend. It's the biggest custom and performance streetbike Show in the world, and the exciting 2-day weekend event will be hosted by 2006 Fast Dates Calendar cover model and actress Rockin' Robin Cunningham, official SBK Fast Dates and Team Ducati Corse umbrella girl, Miss Texas, and Miss Hawaiian Tropic International. Joining Robin at the Calendar Bike Show weekend will be another beautiful Calendar Angel Tara Moreland, who you might recognize as one of the Team Corona Suzuki umbrella girls at the AMA Nationals.

Our beautiful new Calendar Angels for Brands Hatch include Monica McDermott (left) and Gemma Gleason (right) who are also confirmed to serve as umbrella girls on race day for reigning World Championship Team Ducati Corse and their riders James Toseland and Regis Laconi.

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 as well to meet everyone and autograph the new Calendar. A special SBK presentation will also take place there on Saturday afternoon after Super Pole with the models and calendar photographer Jim Gianatsis presenting the new 2006 Fast Dates Calendar to SBK's Paolo Flammini, and then the models posing with fans for photos.

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.

For Calendar fans who can't make it to either the LA Calendar Bike show or Brands Hatch World Superbike, you can buy the 2006 calendars online now at or by phone in America at 1-800-461-1226.

The famous Rossi bump into Giberneau at Jerez earlier this year. Toss in hometown favorite Nicki Hayden an and Colin Edwards and Laguna Seca MotoGP 2005 should be a wild ride!

US Grand Prix Laguna Seca Preview, USA July 8-10th 2005

53,900 Record Sold Out Weekend
MotoGP heading back to Laguna Seca for Red Bull US Grand Prix

Preview - The MotoGP World Championship will return to the USA this weekend after an absence of over a decade as the red carpet is rolled out at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for the eagerly awaited Red Bull US Grand Prix. The Californian circuit has undergone a major winter facelift, including crucial safety updates, that has allowed the world’s premier motorcycle road racing series to return to one of its most spectacular circuits for the first time since 1994.

On that occasion Yamaha rider Luca Cadalora become the first non-American to take Grand Prix victory at the legendary circuit and this weekend Valentino Rossi will aim to pick up where his fellow Italian left off by upstaging the likes of local favourites Colin Edwards, Nicky Hayden, John Hopkins and Kenny Roberts to provide the icing on Yamaha’s 50th birthday cake. The Japanese factory are celebrating half a century, virtually to the day, since making their competitive race debut and arrive at the eighth round of the current season leading the way on all fronts.

As well as Rossi’s 63-point advantage over Honda rival Marco Melandri in the riders’ standings, Yamaha also lead the teams’ and manufacturers’ championships thanks largely to the reigning World Champion’s stunning start to the season. Following his fifth successive victory in the last round at Assen, Rossi has now won six out of the seven races so far this season and boasts an uninterrupted run of podium finishes that stretches back to last October. However, Melandri once again proved that he is growing stronger with every passing round thanks to the best result of his MotoGP career in Holland. After taking a close second place to Rossi, the Italian youngster could be Honda’s best bet for their first ever Grand Prix win at Laguna Seca.

One factor that could work against both Melandri and Rossi this weekend is their complete lack of experience at the 3,602m circuit. No fewer than ten of their rivals have ridden there before, despite eleven years of MotoGP exile, although Alex Barros is the only survivor from the last premier-class Grand Prix in 1994. Barros’ Honda colleague Max Biaggi finished on the podium in the 250cc race that season, when current Ducati pair Carlos Checa and Loris Capirossi also competed in the quarter-litre category.

Colin Edwards took victory in the last of his fourteen World Superbike appearances at Laguna Seca in 2002, whilst both Troy Bayliss and Rubén Xaus have won races there in the same series. Meanwhile, Edwards’ fellow Americans Nicky Hayden and John Hopkins gained extensive experience of the track during their formative years in the AMA national series, whilst Kenny Roberts Jr. made his Grand Prix debut there as a 250cc wildcard in 1993.

Makoto Tamada and Toni Elías are both hopeful of making their first race appearances in the USA after struggling with injury problems over the past few rounds. Tamada underwent surgery on an arm problem in Barcelona last Thursday after his recovery from a broken wrist was delayed by hardening of his forearm muscle, whilst Elías has confirmed that he will be returning to action after also breaking his wrist and missing the last three races at Mugello, Catalunya and Assen.

Whilst MotoGP is making its long awaited return to the USA, there will be no 125cc or 250cc races this weekend. The eighth round of the season for the two minor categories will continue at Donington Park in just over two weeks’ time, with support action at Laguna Seca to be provided by a Superstars of Super Karts race, featuring Grand Prix legends such as Eddie Lawson, Kevin Schwantz and Wayne Rainey, and a round of the AMA Superbike series on Saturday and the AMA Supersport and Superstock races on Sunday. Lawson, who won the first ever 500cc race at Laguna Seca in 1988, will be officially inducted into the MotoGP Legends Hall of Fame on Saturday lunchtime.

Interest in one of the year’s most eagerly-anticipated MotoGP events is reaching fever pitch in the USA, where promotion is continuing this week with a tour of Hollywood Studios in Los Angeles for Edwards and Checa on Wednesday and a trip to the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco for Rossi, Hopkins, Tamada and Xaus on Thursday. Whilst a limited number of general admission tickets for both weekend days are still available at official outlets, the ticket office at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca has now sold their entire 53,900 allocation for both Saturday and Sunday – the first time they have ever announced a sell-out previous to an event in the 49-year history of the circuit.

Team Yamaha Ready for 50th Anniversary Party at Laguna Seca USA
Laguna Seca Raceway, Monterey, CA - The MotoGP World Championship returns to North America for the first time in eleven years this weekend as the USGP marks the focal point of Yamaha’s 50th Anniversary celebrations at Laguna Seca. The eighth round of the 2005 season falls just ten days after the official half-century of the Yamaha Motor Company, marking 50 years since Yamaha’s victorious race debut in the 1955 Mount Fuji Ascent race in Japan. Yamaha Factory Racing is hoping to help celebrate in fitting style.

The team will again be launching a two-pronged assault on the MotoGP podium, with Valentino Rossi and Colin Edwards both looking to build on impressive performances in the last round at Assen. Rossi’s sixth win in seven races so far this season was also his tenth consecutive podium finish - the longest run by a Yamaha rider since Wayne Rainey scored fifteen straight top three finishes between 1989 and 1990. It also made him the first Yamaha rider ever to score five wins in a row in the premier-class.

Rossi’s victory at the Dutch TT also extended his advantage at the top of the standings to 63 points, whilst a return to the podium in third place gave Edwards the ideal springboard ahead of his home Grand Prix. The Italian and the American are two of only five riders in the MotoGP class to have scored points at all seven races this year, helping them establish a significant advantage for Yamaha Factory Racing in the teams’ standings and consolidate Yamaha’s position as the leading manufacturer.

Whilst Grand Prix has not visited the Mazda Raceway at Laguna Seca in over a decade, Edwards is one of only ten current MotoGP riders to have previous experience of the track. Special provisions have been made in the interest of the safety for the other eleven, with the first free practice on Friday morning extended to two hours, allowing them extra time to learn the layout of the track and adapt the MotoGP machines to its unique demands.

Other changes to this weekend’s schedule include the absence of the 250cc and 125cc Grand Prix classes, which have been replaced on the timetable by a round of the AMA Superbike series and a mouth-watering Superstars of Super Karts race, featuring Yamaha legends such as Eddie Lawson and Wayne Rainey. Lawson, who won the first ever 500cc race at Laguna Seca for Yamaha in 1988, will be officially inducted into the MotoGP Legends Hall of Fame on Saturday lunchtime.

After sweeping all before him so far this season, Valentino Rossi is looking forward to the challenge of competing at a racetrack he has only previously seen on television and video games. It is the World Champion’s first visit to California and he admits it is a trip he has been looking forward to ever since the calendar was announced.

"We've all been waiting for this race,” says Rossi. “Usually the new races we go to are in strange places but to go to California is a real pleasure! I’ve been in the U.S. five or six years ago but only for one week. For sure California is a very good place and a lot of people say that the number of MotoGP fans have become more and more over the last few years in the U.S, so I’m expecting a lot of fans for the race. I’m also very happy to go to California for the sun and beautiful girls - I think it’s a good place!

“I've never been to California or Laguna, but I know it's a strange track with a difficult first section and it will be hard. I know it only from television but I have been practicing with the Playstation and more or less I know the layout. I think the track is difficult because it goes up and down a lot and it’s also quite technical with some very difficult points, such as the first left after the straight and the corkscrew especially. For sure with the MotoGP bike it will be interesting.

“Usually I like a lot the more technical and difficult tracks. I like a track to be quite fast but also if it is more technical, more difficult, I’m happy. The important thing is the condition of the surface; It’s important that the grip is good and that there are not too many bumps, because now the bikes are very, very fast. I hope to have a good surface and then I don’t think the layout of the track will be a problem.”

Luckily for Rossi, the ideal person to help him learn the track is in the same pit garage. However, according to the World Champion, former Laguna Seca winner Colin Edwards could prove to be more of a hindrance than a help to his chances of victory on Sunday, particularly after his return to podium form at the Dutch TT last week.

“Assen was great preparation for Colin's big race and I think he's going to be strong there,” he says. “There are some really fast American riders and people like Colin and Nicky Hayden know the track really well, so they have an advantage. Colin is always very fast at Laguna and for sure he has an extra motivation for his home grand prix. So we hope to fight together to arrive on the podium! MotoGP is always great and I hope that we can give the Americans a big show. They will like it I'm sure!"

In addition to his early racing exploits in the AMA 250cc and Superbike series’, Gauloises Yamaha rider Colin Edwards also competed in fourteen World Superbike races at Laguna Seca over eight seasons, including a victory in his last appearance there in 2002, before switching to MotoGP. The Texan is now targeting a repeat performance in motorcycle racing’s elite category as he chases his first Grand Prix victory on board the YZR-M1.

“Everybody I know is coming to this race and I want to win, that’s the only thing I am thinking of,” says the 31 year old. “If anybody else wants to win they have to beat me on my own turf.”

Edwards is hoping to make his home advantage count and is confident that the riders who have no previous experience of the Laguna Seca layout will find it difficult to make up the difference – even with the additional hour of free practice on Friday morning. “I'm putting in a protest about the extra practice!” he jokes. “Actually, I'm not so worried about losing my advantage, it took me three or four years to learn the layout well and to figure out all the bumps. The track has the corkscrew in turn six up the hills, a little jump down the back straight and turn one, they’re the most difficult sections.

“There are a few secret lines, which I won't be sharing with anyone just yet! They take experience; you don’t just learn them overnight. I think it will be difficult for a couple of the riders and I think the guys who have ridden the track in the past will definitely have an advantage. It's a special place and I can't wait to go there feeling really strong.

“I think the Yamaha is going to work really good there. The last bike that I rode there was a Superbike and to get a Grand Prix bike going well there is definitely going to be difficult in some areas. It’s not a real horsepower track - any bike on the grid is going to have too much power for the track, so there is no issue with power. It is just a matter of getting the setting on the bike right. You get the suspension right and get the balance working and you never know who will be up top.”

The former World Superbike Champion is also expecting a party atmosphere at the eagerly anticipated event and says Laguna Seca is the ideal venue for Yamaha’s 50th birthday celebration.

"It's going to be awesome,” he promises. “The atmosphere there is just incredible, and there are so many high-profile VIPs coming. It's going to be a real spectacle and I've been counting the days. Laguna is the Hollywood of motorcycling. It has really good people, good food, good atmosphere… the place is unbelievable. Racing belongs there, especially MotoGP. It’s been missed for long enough and I couldn’t be more excited about going back.”

Yamaha Factory Racing’s Team Director Davide Brivio is equally excited about the prospects of this weekend’s Grand Prix but says that he is also conscious of the weight of expectation around his team. With a rider line-up featuring the reigning World Champion and one of the home favorites, Brivio admits the pressure will be on to make sure Yamaha’s anniversary celebrations end on a high.

“We’re feeling the pressure a little bit because a lot of our Yamaha colleagues in the USA have worked very hard to bring MotoGP back to Laguna Seca and they are very excited about having us, so we want to reward them with the best possible result,” says Brivio. “We are going there after seven fantastic races and it is the perfect way to arrive for Yamaha’s 50th Anniversary celebration.

“We’re still leading the teams’ and manufacturers’ standings, Valentino is on top of the championship and Colin had one of his best races of the season so far at Assen, so this is the best possible situation. Personally I am very interested to see Colin at his home race and also Valentino at a completely new venue for him. Of course we are always confident but, as I say, there is some pressure there too.”

Brivio also highlighted the importance of the extra hour of practice, which will be crucial for the team as they aim to find an ideal set-up for the YZR-M1 machines at another new circuit. “The additional hour was requested by the riders and everybody agreed that it was a good idea,” he explains. “We will just go there with our base set-up and use the extra time to test as many solutions as possible, starting with the gear box and then working from there. In two hours you can do a lot. Hopefully the trend will continue from the last few races, where the bike has worked more or less straight out of the box.”

Above, our own Fast Dates calendar Angel Robin Cunningham gets up close and personal with Valentino Rossi's M-1 Yamaha at the Rock Store on Mullholand Highway during our recent pre Laguna Seca shakedown test.

Yamaha’s Grand Prix record at the Laguna Seca racetrack is unrivalled, with no fewer than five of the six 500cc races held there having been won by riders on the YZR500. Eddie Lawson’s victory in the inaugural round in 1988 set the tone, followed by a hat-trick for Wayne Rainey between 1989 and 1991. A lone win for John Kocinski on the Cagiva the following season ended the factory’s dominance but upheld local supremacy, with all three Laguna Seca winners representing the USA.

As Valentino Rossi aims to overturn the home favorites this weekend, he knows that only one other rider has managed to do so in the past. Fellow Italian Yamaha rider Luca Cadalora won the final encounter at Laguna Seca in 1994, overcoming Kocinski and Australia’s Mick Doohan to become the only non-American to win at the Monterey circuit in the history of the premier class.

“I remember it was very funny because the weekend before the race we did a promotional spot on American television and they said only American riders can win at Laguna, so I was extra pleased to prove them wrong!” recalls Cadalora. “It was great, I always liked Laguna Seca. I had already won there on a 250 in 1991 but to win on the 500 was very special. I had a big fight with John Kocinski on the Cagiva and Mick Doohan on the Honda - the bikes were sideways around most of the track and it was so much fun.”

“It will be so nice to see the four-strokes racing there. It is not a fast track but there are some really good corners – like the one before the corkscrew and the last downhill section. It will be great to watch from these points and they will also be very important to the lap time. From what I can see of the M1, It is the type of track that will suit the way it handles. Also, Yamaha’s engineers and the whole team have done a wonderful job to create a bike that can be set up quickly at new tracks so I think both Valentino and Colin will be on the pace.

"I am sure Valentino will like the track and the Grand Prix in general. Monterey is a great place. It was somewhere I always enjoyed to visit as a racer and it was always a great pleasure to ride there in front of the fans at a track like Laguna Seca.”

America's Top Custom Bike Builders Conformed for Iron & Lace Calendar Builders Seminars at the LA Calendar Motorcycle Show Weekend July 16-17th
Los Angeles, CA - There's an impressive lineup of America's top celebrity custom bike builders confirmed to be exhibiting the hottest new bikes and conductijng free Iron & Lace Calendar Builders Seminars at the big Los Angeles Calendar Motorcycle Show Weekend on July 16-17th. 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 builder lineup for this year's Show and Seminars includes two Best of Show winners, and many of the hottest bike building stars on TV shows like American Thunder, Biker Buildoff and Build or Bust. Featured in Seminars both days will be 3-time LA Calendar Show winner Jesse Rooke who premiered his first ever custom bike "Single Sided" at the Show just three years ago, and has proven himself to be one of the most exciting and original custom bike builders in the world.

Then there's Russell Mitchell of Exile Cycles, the former and still sexy British male model who's former wife was a Calendar model, and whose basic black " No Bull" street rods have garnered a cult following and are owned by Hollywood stars like George Clooney. Russell's "No Bull" Builder Seminars last year drew a standing room only crowd and the Builders Seminar Midway has been expanded this year to accommodate the swelling ranks of Russell's fans.

Then there's Harold "The Ponz" Ponzerelli of HD Performance, the gruff burly bearded builder who also scored a Best of Show and has had his bikes featured inside and on the cover of the Iron & Lace Calendar for a decade. The Ponz's candy coated choppers have been featured in movies like Biker Boyz, and reside in the million dollar toy collections of Hollywood Stars and Middle Eastern Royal Monarchs.

Other Seminar instructors include Rolland Sands from Performance Machine, tile sponsor of the Calendar Bike Show and the Calendars, who has become a noted builder in his own right. Together with Mitch Bergeron and Mike Stafford of MGS Customs.

No other motorcycle show in America offers fans the exclusive opportunity to sit in on seminars with their favorite celebrity builders and to ask the questions they want to ask. The Iron & Lace Calendar Builder Seminars are just one of the unique features of the Los Angeles Calendar Motorcycle Show, the biggest custom & performance streetbike show in America. The 2005 Show has expanded its hours and size to accommodate its continued growth, and this year has sold out again with 185 major builders, manufacturers and product venders. Complete information at BikeShow

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Being the world's hottest motorcycle show located in Los Angeles has the tendancy to drawing some of Hollywood's hottest TV and movie stars. Expected or Rumored to be attending the July 16-17th Show Weekend are motorcycle enthusiasts Leonardo DiCaprio (Titanic), Tom Cruise (War of the Worlds) and Vince Vaughn (Wedding Crashers, Mr. & Mrs Smith).

Confirmed TV celebrity bike builders appearing at the Show both days are Discovery Channel's Great Biker Buildoff and Buid or Bust stars Russell Mitchell, Jessie Rooke and Chica who are also featured in the new 2006 Iron & Lace Calendar which will have its Live World Premier at the Show.

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Beautiful Roads
Every mile of road on our trip through the Alps of southern France was breathtakingly beautiful and perfectly maintained. Not a crack or bump in the pavement, not a spec of loose gravel anyway.

We might come across a road crew in the middle of nowhere every 20 miles maintaining the road. We might see another car one an hour. The riding, the roads, the weather was unbelievably perfect.

Crazy at the Crazy Horse
It the most incredible burlesque performance club in the world and no trip to Paris can be complete without it, particularly if you love beautiful women like we do. Each girl is a trained balerina, had picked for purfectly matching bodies. They perform a 2 hour show of choreographed dance and strip sets as their bodies are bathed in colored and textured lighting designs against a musical sound track unlike anything you've ever seen before.

Moulon Rouge
In Paris we did the Crazy Horse on Sunday night after the French MotoGP at LeMans, just a 90 minute train ride from the track. Then on Monday after a day of sightseeing and a boat ride up the Seine River, it was off the the Moulon Rouge for another front row table, dinner, and another incredible stage show of beautiful girls!

French MotoGP at LeMans
A motorcycle race in Europe has to be experienced to believed.
LeMans is just about 90 miles from Paris, we drove there easily by car on Sunday morning, enjoyed the race day, then were back in Paris by train and at our hotel at 6pm. More than enough time to shower, change, and make our 8pm dinner show reservations at the Crazy Horse.
I made our reservations online two months earlier to assure us a reserved front row table.

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No Reprive for Superbike Racing in America
AMA Class Structure Remains Unchanged from 2006
- 2008
Despite the fact they have effectively killed the sport of professional roadracing in America, they have been critized universally in the media, and ignored the pleas of all the factory teams to consolidate their duplicate classes and to get all the factory teams back into the premier 1000cc Superclass for better racing, the AMA Pro Racing Board has annojced in will make no clanges to the class rules for 2006. Read our previous Editorial HERE.

The current class structure and rules in AMA racing has effectively killed the sport here in America, with spectator attendance at Nationals dropping from highs of 20-30,000 people back in the 1990's to as low as 1,000 spectators per race weekend today at venues like California Speedway and Pikes Peak International Raceway

. The bike technical rule sturchture and race scheduling also prevented American riders from competing in the SBK World Superbike Championship when it came to America, causing a corresponding drop in attendace at the Laguna Seca race weeknd last year to just 4,000 people, resulting in America droping its World Superbike round in 2005 as Laguna Seca switching to MotoGP. - Editor

AMA Pro Racing Press Release June 17, 2005 - AMA Pro Racing confirmed today that the 2006 Daytona 200 will again feature Formula Xtreme motorcycles and that the class structure for the AMA Superbike Championship remains unchanged.

The class structure for 2006 is as follows:
Superbike: 901-1000cc four-stroke, two or more cylinders
Supersport: 0-600cc four-stroke, multi-cylinder
Formula Xtreme: 450cc-600cc four-stroke, multi-cylinder; 595cc-750cc four-stroke, liquid-cooled, twin-cylinder; 850cc-1350cc four-stroke, air-cooled, twin-cylinder
Superstock: 745cc-1000cc four-stroke, multi-cylinder

AMA Pro Racing announced on May 26 that 1000cc motorcycles will remain in AMA Superbike through the 2008 racing season. Rules adding 1000cc motorcycles to the class were announced in 2002 for the 2003 racing season. As noted above, current AMA Superbike rules feature 901-1000cc four-stroke engines with two or more cylinders, exclusively.

“The feedback over our announcement regarding 1000cc machines remaining through 2008 has been very positive,” said Scott Hollingsworth, AMA Pro Racing CEO. “This stability as well as that in the support classes is designed to encourage greater rider and team participation across the board.”

Formula Xtreme machines are used for the Daytona 200 because of the unique demands placed on equipment specifically at the Daytona International Speedway course. As part of a major infield renovation completed at the facility prior to the beginning of the 2005 racing season, the infield road course was also reconfigured. These changes, coupled with switching the 200 to Formula Xtreme equipment, were made in the interest of improving safety at the track.

AMA Superbike remains the premier class within the championship with AMA Supersport, AMA Formula Xtreme and AMA Superstock serving as support classes.

Technical rules for each class will be announced at a later date.

Yamaha celebrates 50th Anniversary with special Laguna MotoGP livery
Yamaha's Factory MotoGP team goes to this weekend's United States Grand Prix in celebratory mood, wearing the famous Yamaha USA colours of yellow, white and black.

This special livery marks Yamaha's 50th Anniversary and acknowledges the significant contribution made by American riders to the marque's racing history. The Yamaha Motor Company was founded on July 1st 1955, just two weeks before the factory's first bike, the YA1, won its first race, the Mount Fuji Ascent race. Since then three American riders have won nine premier-class World Championships with Yamaha - 'King' Kenny Roberts, Eddie Lawson and Wayne Rainey, each taking three crowns across three decades, the 70s, the 80s and the 90s.

The livery that Yamaha Factory Racing YZR-M1 riders Valentino Rossi and Colin Edwards will wear at Laguna Seca was first used by Yamaha USA in the late 1960s and won global renown when Roberts scored his World Championship hat-trick.

Masao Furusawa, Senior General Manager of Yamaha's Engineering Operations, finds that this is a perfect time for the company to celebrate its first half-century. "This is a moment of which we can be proud," he said. "We will be celebrating our 50th Anniversary at Laguna as the reigning World Champions, while our factory MotoGP team leads the riders', manufacturers' and teams' World Championships, so it's great that we can celebrate in style."

Lin Jarvis, Managing Director of Yamaha Motor Racing, explains the thinking behind the yellow, white and black colour scheme of the YZR-M1 50th Anniversary US Edition. "We chose to race in Yamaha USA's historic colours as a tribute to the American riders who have played such an important part in Yamaha's history," he says. "It is also right that we should celebrate the return of Grand Prix racing to the USA, which is great for the American fans and also very important for the future of MotoGP.

"Of course, this isn't the first time that our YZR-M1 has carried the yellow, white and black colours. Some of you may have noticed the seat graphics on Valentino's M1, which since last year have featured his dog Guido wearing an old-school Yamaha USA T-shirt! It will be fantastic to see Valentino racing in yellow, which is his favourite colour. And this is also a big weekend for Colin, his first US Grand Prix, plus he is the first American GP rider in 25 years to race in Yamaha USA's traditional colours. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank our 2005 title sponsor Altadis for their cooperation in permitting Yamaha to race in Yamaha-only livery for this special event."

Rossi's and Edwards' one-off livery is only one aspect of a busy weekend of 50th Anniversary celebrations during the US GP. The fun starts with a Friday night party for media and VIP guests at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.


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2004 Pit Lane News

New Sport/Race Bikes!
Tests & Reviews

Sportbike INDEX
Aprilia Index
Ducati Index
Foggy Petronas

Honda Index
Kawasaki Index

KTM RC8 Superbike

MV Agusta
Poggipolini Millona
Poggipolini Nera
Suzuki GSXR Index
Yamaha Index

Editorial, Bike Tests
News Features

Edelweiss Bike Trip to   France and Western Alps
Marco Melandri MotoGP's    hottest new star!

Ducati Multistrada S
   2005 Bike of the Year

AMA Pro Racing and the
  Decline of US Roadracing

2005 SBK Superbike   Season Preview
Pirelli 2005 Calendar
MV Agusta F4-1000
   Rockin' Robin's 1st test

Pirelli Calendar 2005
  Supermodels get naked   in Rio de Janero
Who is Ten Kate?   
  Private Hondas Kick Ass
Ducati Factory & Museum
Ducati 999R05 First!
  Rockin' Robin tests it!
2004 LA CalendarShow
  Now World Class!
Ducati Corse Race Shop
  Exclusive Visit!
World Ducati Week2004
  Sportbike Heaven
Ducati 04 Desmosedici
   D16 GP4 MotoGP Bike
Torque Movie Review
   with our Jaime Pressly
British Sportbike
   Magazine Review
Neil Hodgsen Interview    Superbike Champion
Aprilia 2004 RSV1000R
   First USA test!

AMA Superbike Rules
Valentino Rossi
  Biography of a Champ.
SBK Fast Dates Girls   
  Our offical Ducati Corse   umbrella girls at Laguna
Paris Motorcycle Show
  Well Worth the Trip

Sportbike Mags &
Pinup Calendars

A Very Revealing Expose!

Pirelli Calendar 2005
Pirelli Calendar Review
Bike Calendar Review
Buy Pinup Calendars
Brit Sport Mag Review

Chicks That
Kick Ass!

Bring them home to mom.
Jessica Biel
Kristen Bell
Maria Sharapova
Mila Jovovich
Kate Beckinsale
Fast Dates Girls

2005 SBK Superbike

Preview 2005 SBK Season
Feb 26 Qatar Doha Losail
April 3 Phillip Island AU
April 24 Valencia Spain
May 8 Monza Italy
May 29 Silverstone GB
June 26 Misano Italy
Aug 7 Brands Hatch GB
Aug 17 Bruno Czech Rep
Sept 4 Assen Netherlands
Sept 11 Lausitzring DM
Oct 2 Imola italy
Oct 9 Magny-Cours FR

2005 MotoGP
Preview MotoGP 2005
April 10   Spain Jerez
April 17
  Portugal, Estoril
May 1     China Shanghai
May 15   France Le Mans
June 5   Italy Mugello
June 12 Catalunya
June 25 Assen NL
July 10  LagunaSecaUSA
July 24 DoningtonParkGB
July 31  Sachsenring DM
Aug 28  Brno
Czech Rep
Sept 18 Motegi Japan
Sept 25 Malaysia Sepang
Oct 1     Doha Qatar
Octr 16  Phillip Island AU
Oct 23 - Turkey, Istanbul
Nov 6 -  Valencia, Spain

2005 AMA Superbike
March 10-12 Daytona FL
April 22-24   Barber AL
Apr 29-May 1 CA Spdway
May 13-15   Infineon CA
May 21-22   Pikes Peak
June 3-5      Road America
June 25-26  Brainerd MN*
July 8-10      Laguna Seca
July 22-24    Mid-Ohio OH
Sept. 2-4      Road Atlanta
Sept. 17-18  VIR VA

Track Website Links

2005 British Superbike
Preview 2005 BSB Season
Mar 26–28   Brands Hatch
Apr 8–10     Thruxton
Apr 22–24   Mallory Park
May 1–2      Oulton Park,
May 13–15  Mondello Park
Jun 3–5       Croft
June 24–26 Knockhill
July 8–10    Snetterton
Aug 19 -21  Silverstone,
Aug 2 -29    Cadwell Park
Sept 9–11   Oulton Park
Sept 23–25 Donington
Oct 7–9       Brands Hatch

Additional Racing
 Isle of Man TT 2004

2004 Race/News Index

Hot Chicks that Kick Ass in T-shirts
Justine Jolie

Fast Dates Store

Sportbike Books
FastDates Apparel
Motorcycle Games
Collectors Calendars
More New Calendars
Bikes & Babes Movies
Supermodel Books
Supermodel Music

Harley Books
Motocross Books
Garage Tools
Computers, Electrics

The best feature documentary movie about motorcycle racing.

Steve McQueen in Bullitt
Greatest car chase ever

Honda CBR1000RR
Race Preparation

We show and tell you how you can modify your own CBR1000RR to Ten Kate World Superbike, and Al Ludington's Miguel Duhamel AMA Superbike specs exclusively in
Paddock Garage.

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Better than American!
British Sportbike Magazines

Naked and Exposed! rates the top 7 hard core British sportbike magazines where bikes, half naked babes and roadracing are the norm
- British Sportbike mag Review HERE

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& Great Tool Sets
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Sports Illustrated
Swimsuit 2005 DVD

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Skye Sweetnam
A very cute 16 year old teen pop rocker very much like another of our favorites, Avril Lavigne. Sky sings the theme song on the cool TV show Radio Free Roscoe on The N Channel.

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