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Ducati MotoGP Team Relies Heavily on Aerodynamics
MotoGP is the world’s fastest motorcycle racing series, so it’s no surprise that aerodynamics is a crucial factor in machine development, along with engine, chassis and tyre performance.

That is why Ducati Corse invests heavily in constantly evolving the aerodynamic performance of its Ducati Marlboro Team Desmosedici. So far the company has spent around 1100 hours doing wind-tunnel tests with the 990cc V4 four-stroke, which has a top speed capability in excess of 340kmh.

And even if the improvements gained from these tests are often tiny, every little helps. “The advantages gained through improving aerodynamic penetration may not be huge,” says Ducati Corse technical director Filippo Preziosi. “But an advantage of five hundredths of a second per lap, which is so small and difficult to quantify, becomes an advantage of one second during a 20 lap race, which can mean finishing in front of or behind your rival.”

Of course, aerodynamics isn’t just about increasing straight-line speed, it’s also about improving fuel consumption, high-speed stability and cornering performance. It is therefore these four factors that concern Ducati Corse engineers whenever they travel to Britain to use their preferred car wind tunnel. Ducati has used various different wind tunnels over the past decade or so but favours this tunnel, even though it has taken a while to get good results with a motorcycle. On average, Ducati uses these facilities once a month, with aerodynamics consultant Alan Jenkins always in attendance. Jenkins began working with Ducati before the MotoGP project, having previously worked with a number of F1 car teams, including McLaren, Stewart and Prost.

During each UK visit, new bodywork parts, produced by a fast-prototyping 3D machine, are fitted and evaluated. Most tests are conducted with Ducati Marlboro Team test rider Vittoriano Guareschi on board, since the rider is a vital part of the aerodynamic package, though sometimes a dummy is used. Ducati Marlboro Team MotoGP riders Loris Capirossi and Carlos Checa join the tests a couple of times a year.

Although the Desmosedici has incredible straight-line performance, this has never been the project’s primary goal. Improving aerodynamic penetration may increase top speed but it also improves fuel consumption, a vital consideration, especially since MotoGP fuel limits were reduced at the start of this year. However, Ducati Corse engineers are aware that improving aerodynamic penetration can compromise the machine in other areas. Preziosi again: “Designing a bike only with top speed in mind forces you to produce aerodynamics that can penalise you in other conditions, for example going through chicanes, sensitivity to side winds and front-end stability.”

In fact, achieving excellent cornering performance through aerodynamics is arguably more important than bettering straight-line performance, since an increasing number of MotoGP tracks are more about corners than straights. This is why the science of cornering aerodynamics is increasingly important. “The developments we are making now,” adds Preziosi. “Which will be seen on the Desmosedici GP6 are aimed at reaching a compromise between straight-line and cornering performance, but always also with one eye on the dynamic behaviour of the bike, rather than on top speed.”

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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 hosted a 2-day near capacity crowd of 18,000, up another 20% over last year.

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NTV Turkey signs with Dorna Sports to broadcast MotoGP
MotoGP has secured a new television deal with a major terrestrial network in Turkey. The new agreement with NTV means that, starting at the recent Alice Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland, all the events in the World Championship will be shown live through this national free-to-air network, with the premier MotoGP class always broadcast live alongside highlights of the 125cc and 250cc races, and all the races live for the Grand Prix of Turkey.

The contract between NTV and Dorna Sports, the rights-holders to the MotoGP series, will last for two and a half years, until the end of the 2007 season, and follows the inclusion of Turkey in MotoGP calendar for the first time in 2005. The Grand Prix of Turkey will take place in the brand new circuit of Istanbul on October 23rd.

With this new addition, the TV distribution list for MotoGP’s live broadcasts (or same day delayed on the different time zones) includes no less than 48 TV networks, covering more than 200 countries in all five continents. The average TV audience for each race is over 300 million viewers worldwide.

La Ducati Day on Skyline Drive, Cupertino, CA, OCTOBER 23RD, 2005
The 2005 edition of La Ducati Day will take place in the beautiful Santa Cruz Mountain town of La Honda, California.

Cupertino, CA – August 24th, 2005 - The Ducati MH900evoluzione Owners Club, Doc Wong, Nichols Sportbike Service and Ducati North America present LDD2005 in Downtown La Honda (renamed "La Ducati") on Sunday, October 23rd, 2005, from 9 A.M. until 6 P.M.

Events of the day include; the Meguiar's sponsored Concorso Ducati, the Ducati Garage Challenge, the Etymotic Research Sponsored Ducati Music Challenge, Technical Seminars, the Aftershocks and Lindemann Engineering Sponsored Sportbike Suspension Setup Clinic, a vendor court, food, raffles and charity auction.

Free event admission. All proceeds from entry fees, auctions, sportbike suspension setup clinic and raffles will benefit the La Honda Fire Brigade. These are the good men and women that rescue us when we crash on that side of the mountain, so helping them helps all of us.

Celebrities expected to attend and sign autographs include renowned racer Eric Bostrom, rider of the Parts Unlimited Ducati Austin AMA 999 Superbike, Neil Hodgson, former World Superbike Champion in his AMA debut, Doug Polen, two time AMA and World Superbike Champion, and world famous long distance record holder Gary Eagan, who will also be giving a seminar on his sport touring adventures.

For more information, please visit the event website at or contact John Clelland, LDD2005 Chairman, at

Directions: La Honda California is located west of Redwood City, on Highway 84, between Highways 35 and 1, in Northern California.

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Our official SBK Fast Dates World Superbike and Ducati Corse girls at Brands Hatch were Gemma Gleason, Monica McDermet and Aaliayah. Here they warm up Regis Laconi's 999F05 Superbike just before practice, and for the digital Hassleblad for the next edition of the Fast Dates Calendar.

2006 SBK Fast Dates Calendar World Premier! Jim Gianatsis and our newest
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Aug 5-7th, Brands Hatch, Great Britain - The European World Premier of the SBK World Superbike endorsed 2006 Fast Dates Racebike Pinup Calendar took place in the SBK Paddock Show during the Brands World Superbike Weekend. 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 were there with photographer Jim Gianatsis to meet everyone and autograph the new 2006 Calendars.

We were also excited to have both Monica and Gemma serve as their official SBK World Superbike Spokes models in "Live Timing on" uniforms at Superpole and on the race grid, plus serve as and team umbrella girls during the race weekend for Team Ducati Corse reigning World Champion James Toseland and his runner up team mate Regis Laconi. See the Complete Story is in Fast Dates News

Our glorious photographer and editor Jim Gianatsis mugs for the camera with model Aaliayah as our team of beautiful replacements and mechanics warm up behind us in the pit garage (Hey, how about doing a Garage Girls Calendar? -great idea, but someone already is! -Ed.). The bike just behind us belongs to some Aussie rider named Corser who just happens to be kickin' ass in the Superbike Championship this season (and who's wife Sam) also was a Fast Dates Calendar Angel. Well, its back to work.... More torid details in Fast Dates News  Photo by Kel Edge.

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MotoGP World Championship, Bruno Czech Republic Round 11 of 17

Rossi Plays Cat and Mouse with Gibernau at Bruno
Moving Just One Step Away from the Title
Loris Capirossi Brings the Ducati Home in Second Ahead of the Hondas

Bruno, Czech Republic August 26-28th -Valentino Rossi edged ever closer to the 2005 MotoGP World Championship title after taking his ninth victory from eleven rounds in the Gauloises Grand Prix Ceske republiky today. The Italian overcame another brave resistance from Sete Gibernau that lasted just short of the 22-lap distance at Brno, the Spaniard suffering from a technical problem just three corners from the finish line and losing any slim hopes he had of reacting to a pass from Rossi at the end of the penultimate lap. For Rossi the victory represented a record-breaking achievement as he became the first rider in the history of the series to win nine races for five consecutive seasons.

“That was one of the hardest races of the season,” reflected Rossi. “After the warm-up I saw Sete’s time and I wasn’t very confident that I could beat him. There were a lot of fast riders out there but Gibernau was my hardest opponent so I tried to push him and put the pressure on. Sincerely it was a great fight with a lot of overtaking and in the middle of the race I decided to try and go but Sete came back. At the end I did three or four good laps, made the pass on Sete and then did a perfect final lap. Unfortunately Sete had a problem, which was bad luck for him because he should have been on the podium. Anyway this is a good win for me and now I just need one more for the title but it is not over yet.”

78,000 fans turned out at Bruno to Watch Rossi (46) and Giberneau (15) fight for the lead right from the start to the last lap.

The Warm Up to Bruno

The MotoGP World Championship paddock reconvened after a four-week break at the Brno circuit in the Czech Republic this afternoon as the teams and riders prepared for an intense finale to the 2005 season, with seven races scheduled for the next eleven weekends. As tales of summer frolics quickly subsided, attention turned to eleventh round of the MotoGP campaign, with the main protagonists of two stunning races over the past two years at this circuit promising more of the same on Sunday.

Valentino Rossi has returned refreshed from a brief holiday in his native Italy with his sights firmly focused on rounding off an incredible second season as a Yamaha rider with his fifth consecutive MotoGP title. After eight victories from the opening ten rounds the 26-year-old leads the series by 120 points and needs just two more wins to guarantee the title. If he needed any extra motivation for this weekend’s race he will take it from defeat here last season by 3.5 seconds from Sete Gibernau.

“Last year we had a good race but I arrived second so this time we will try to do better,” said Rossi, who beat Gibernau to take victory by less than half a second at the same event in 2003. “It has been nice to have a break and gather more power for the end of the season, also Yamaha have worked hard to get some new parts ready for the last few races so we are ready. This is the difficult part of the season, with a lot of flights and a lot of races in a short space of time but we have to keep working and hopefully our good form will continue.”

Gibernau has only won once since last season’s race here but, after losing out to Rossi on the final lap of the last round at Sachsenring, he has promised his fans a victory before the end of the season and sees no reason why it can’t come this Sunday. “I’m looking forward to having fun on the bike again, having good races and Brno is always a circuit I look forward to,” commented the Spaniard. “Last year we won in the Czech Republic and I remember it as one of the most enjoyable races of the season. That victory and the good sensations I left with from the last race in Germany mean that I’m returning to the championship feeling mentally strong. The holidays have been short but I managed to disconnect and I’m coming back to work with plenty of energy.”

John Hopkins was the most noteworthy visitor to the Clinica Mobile today as he prepares to race just four weeks after breaking his foot and damaging ligaments in a nasty crash at Sachsenring. The American has undergone an operation on the injuries during the summer break but Suzuki Team Manager Paul Denning says he is expecting gritty return from the youngster.

“John is now back to full fitness and I’m sure he will be going all out to get the results that his performances this year have deserved,” said Denning, who will also count on the services of experienced Japanese wildcard rider Nobuatsu Aoki this weekend. “We are looking forward to Suzuki running a three-man team and I know that Nobu will work hard as always. Race weekend experience and information is generally more relevant than pure testing and we hope that Nobu can show a good pace.”

250cc World Champion Dani Pedrosa is expecting another tough weekend as he aims to extend his lead at the top of the standings over Casey Stoner. The Spaniard currently leads the Australian by 50 points and is looking forward to competing again after just two races in the last two months for the quarter-litre category. “We already had a few days off before Sachsenring because the 250s and 125s didn’t go to Laguna Seca but these were real holidays,” said Pedrosa. “I was able to rest and disconnect for a few days and even though I only took a week off it is always good to come back to the battle at full strength. I’m satisfied with what we have done during the first half of the championship but I hope to finish it even better.”

Valentino Runs Away With Friday Practice - Hits Bayliss and Crashes. Capirossi 2nd Quickest on Ducati
Friday Aug 26th - Valentino Rossi continued his domination of the MotoGP World Championship at the Brno circuit today, as the series returned to the Czech circuit after its traditional summer break. Rossi needs just two more victories to clinch the title for the fifth successive season and he started this weekend's mission encouragingly, clocking under lap record pace with the fastest time over two hours of free practice.

After falling from his Yamaha YZR-M1 machine in a collision with Troy Bayliss (Honda) during the morning session, Rossi squeezed every available minute out of the rest of the day's action as he worked on Michelin tyre combinations and race set-up for Sunday's eleventh Grand Prix of the season, setting his fastest time on his final lap of the day.

Valentino put on another Wheelie Big Show at Bruno

Valentino Rossi (Gauloises Yamaha Team), 1st - 1'59.278
"Today was a strange day because we all came back from the holidays and it felt like everybody was still in the beach rhythm! The crash this morning was not the perfect way to start. Troy was pushing hard but he suddenly decided to come in to the pit and braked in the middle of the corner. I was lucky because my front brake made contact and I went down at 149km/h but I am not hurt. I think we need to modify the pit entry for next season because at the moment it is dangerous; I will talk about it with the Safety Commission. Anyway, my mechanics did a great job to virtually rebuild the whole bike in just three hours and this afternoon I was able to do a lot of tyre tests. In the end we went back to the first tyre and I was able to go fastest. Tomorrow we need to work on the suspension to find more grip but so far I am quite happy."

Jeremy Burgess - Valentino Rossi's Crew Chief
"The track is quite dirty and there's not much grip so we have some work to do to try and adjust the bike. It's early days yet, but the setting we've found so far is quite good and, as always, we'll be looking to improve on it. The guys did a good job to repair the damage to Valentino's bike, although they strip it down after every session anyway so it doesn't make much of a difference whether they put the same parts back on or fetch new ones!

Ducati Marlboro Team riders Loris Capirossi and Carlos Checa were in the thick of the action at Brno today, both men in the top four during the closing stages of this afternoon's session. They ended the day second and sixth, confident of a good weekend ahead, thanks to sterling work by Bridgestone during MotoGP's summer recess. Both Capirossi and Checa rode their fastest laps on Bridgestone race tyres, not qualifiers, Capirossi comfortably the most consistently quick rider on the grid.

Capirossi Just .088 Seconds off Rossi's Pole Time
Capirossi was flying in the latter stages of this afternoon's second practice session, holding provisional pole until the dying moments of the outing when World Champion Valentino Rossi bettered him by just 0.088 seconds. Nonetheless the Ducati Marlboro Team rider is delighted with his day's work, praising Bridgestone's latest tyres which offer better endurance as well as extra edge grip, vital for the Italian's high-corner-speed style.

"All day we've focused on race set-up, not really worrying about lap times," said Capirossi who was fastest in this morning's first session. "During my last run I did 11 consecutive laps in the low 59s, so I'm happy but I know we've more work to do. The bike, which is pretty competitive everywhere, works really well here, as usual. Bridgestone have been working hard during the break because they've brought some interesting new tyres here. This morning I started with Sachsenring-spec tyres and I only switched to the new tyres halfway through this afternoon's session. I rode a lot of laps with them and I can say that Bridgestone are definitely working in the right direction. So far we are up with the best and I'm confident, but we must keep working and see what happens over the rest of the weekend."

Gibernau's Season Revival Claims Saturday Pole
Saturday 27th - Sete Gibernau pulverised the pole position record at the Brno circuit to secure the front slot on the grid for Sunday’s eleventh round of the MotoGP World Championship in front of a packed crowd in the Czech Republic today. After finishing second to Valentino Rossi in the series for the past two seasons Gibernau has yet to win a race this season but his performance in hot and sunny conditions this afternoon suggested that he may be ready to repeat his victory at this track from one year ago and final ignite a stuttering campaign. The Spaniard lapped 1.265 seconds inside Rossi’s previous pole record, clocking a best a time of 1’57.504 to hold off late challenges from his Yamaha rival, as well as Honda rider Nicky Hayden and Ducati’s Loris Capirossi.

“That was a difficult day but I think we’re doing a good job in the team and with Michelin,” said Gibernau. “Here at Brno the races are always very long and it’s difficult to get away - there are always a lot of people at the front of the race. There are lots of places to pass and overtake, many things can happen on the last lap, in last corner, and we’ll have to watch for that. Loris and Nicky are very fast so it will be close.”

Rossi’s final effort fell 0.371 seconds short of Gibernau’s benchmark time and wasn’t even good enough for a front row position as Hayden and Capirossi took second and third place respectively. The series leader will start from the second row of the grid in fourth as he aims to pick up the first of just two more victories that would guarantee the title for the fifth successive season. Capirossi again made a flying start to the day, clocking the fastest time in the morning free practice as he had done yesterday before challenging for top spot throughout the afternoon. Hayden, meanwhile, continued a run of excellent qualifying form that had seen him take pole position for two of the previous three rounds.

Marco Melandri will aim to hold off Gibernau for second place in the championship from the second row of the grid. The Italian youngster lies just one point ahead of his Honda team-mate, 120 points adrift of Rossi in the current standings, and he will aim to defend that position from fifth place at a circuit where he has already celebrated victory on three occasions in the minor categories. Carlos Checa qualified sixth fastest to seal the final spot on the second row and complete an encouraging day for Ducati.

Round: 11 - Czech MotoGP Circuit: Brno, Circuit Length: 5403 , Lap Record: 1' 59.302 (Alex Barros, 2004). Fastest Lap Ever: 1' 58.769 (Valentino Rossi, 2003)

Aug 26 Friday Free Practice:
Pos. Rider Manufacturer Nat. Free Practice
1 V. Rossi Yamaha ITA 1' 59.278
2 L. Capirossi Ducati ITA 1' 59.366
3 S. Gibernau Honda ESP 1' 59.454
4 M. Melandri Honda ITA 1' 59.469
5 K. Roberts Suzuki USA 1' 59.755
6 C. Checa Ducati ESP 1' 59.807
7 N. Hayden Honda USA 1' 59.833
8 C. Edwards Yamaha USA 1' 59.867
9 A. Barros Honda BRA 1' 59.991
10 J. Hopkins Suzuki USA 2' 0.043
11 M. Biaggi Honda ITA 2' 0.058
12 A. Hofman Kawasaki GER 2' 0.146
13 T. Bayliss Honda AUS 2' 0.185
14 S. Nakano Kawasaki JPN 2' 0.227
15 T. Elias Yamaha ESP 2' 0.286
16 N. Aoki Suzuki JPN 2' 0.354
20 R. Xaus Yamaha ESP 2' 2.716

Aug 27 Saturday Qualifying

1. Sete Gibernau (SPA) Movistar Honda MotoGP, 1’1’57.504
2. Nicky Hayden (USA) Repsol Honda Team, 1’57.551
3. Loris Capirossi (ITA) Ducati Marlboro Team, 1’57.685

1. VALENTINO ROSSI (ITA) Gauloises Yamaha Team, 1’57.875
4. Marco Melandri (ITA) Movistar Honda MotoGP, 1’57.999
5. Carlos Checa (SPA) Ducati Marlboro Team, 1’58.185

7. Alex Barros (BRA) Camel Honda, 1’58.223
8. John Hopkins (USA) Team Suzuki MotoGP, 1’58.277
9. COLIN EDWARDS (USA) Gauloises Yamaha Team, 1'58.323

Rossi (46) and Giberneau (15) continued to battle towards the closing laps as Capriossi (65) moves up to displace Barros (4) for 3rd.

Rossi Edges Towards the Title With a Brilliant Bruno Victory

Sunday 28th - Gauloises Yamaha Team rider Valentino Rossi became the first rider in the history of the MotoGP World Championship to score nine wins for five consecutive seasons, as he clinched victory in the eleventh round of the 2005 campaign at Brno today. Rossi’s record-breaking ride featured an intense battle with Sete Gibernau (Honda) that again came down to a dramatic finale, with Rossi making his definitive pass at the end of the penultimate lap. Gibernau tried to fight back but as Rossi edged clear through the final series of sweeping corners, the Spaniard’s slim hope of a victorious response disappeared completely as he suffered a technical problem and was forced to retire.

The race got under way under cooler conditions than have been usual this weekend, with a track temperature of 23 degrees and an ambient of 20 degrees. Pole-sitter Gibernau led from the lights into turn one with Rossi and early front-runner Marco Melandri (Team Movistar Honda RC211V) right up with him. Rossi grabbed the lead and headed the pack across the line for lap two with Gibernau tucked in behind him, Melandri holding onto them with Nicky Hayden (Repsol Honda RC211V) in close pursuit of the trio, and Capirossi getting on terms in fifth.

Gibernau recorded an early fastest lap of the race as he worked on staying close to Rossi and the leading pair had soon pulled out a noticeable gap on their pursuers by the start of the third lap. They would remain locked together at the front for the rest of the race barring the final lap. Behind the lead duo, the action was gripping as first Melandri then Hayden tried to get on terms with the leaders.

Then by mid-race it was Alex Barros (Camel Honda RC211V) who had powered his way to third with Hayden fourth and Capirossi fifth. Max Biaggi, who had seemingly ruled himself out the results here with a desultory qualifying performance, was on a charge; the set-up problems he had encountered on qualifying rubber lessened in their effects by less grippy Michelin race tyres he chose. He had started from the fourth row of the grid.

As the closing laps drew on, it became clear that Barros did not have the pace to get near the Gibernau/Rossi battle, but Capirossi did and the diminutive Italian gave it everything to try to spoil the party at the front. Rossi repassed Gibernau with about 4 laps remaining, just to prove to himself he could, then he backed the pace down about a second a lap in order to have Giberneayu back out in front on the final laps so he could watch him and keep the pressure on. The Bruno track is notorious for allowing a following rider to repass in the last 2 corners as Rossi had already proven to Giberneau the year before. Giberneau took the bait and retook the lead, leading again for 2 more laps before Rossi repassed on the penultimate lap when Rossi seized his chance to rob the Spaniard of victory.

While Rossi led across the line for the final lap, Max had ambushed Hayden and Barros for fourth place. As Gibernau tried to stay with Rossi on the last lap down the dips of the first section of this 5.403km track, the vast crowd was ready for a repeat of the scintillating last lap duels between these two gladiators that have set the season alight. It was not to be - Gibernau's Honda slowed half way around the track as the engine died.

Capirossi inherited second place as he passed the stricken Gibernau while Rossi learned of his fierce rival’s plight only after he had returned to the parc fermé post race. Max was delighted to take a third podium finish so far in what has proved a troubled season.

Sete said, “Another negative day after a weekend in which we have done a great job during qualifying. This morning we had a good rhythm in the warm up with some low 1m 58s, a pace I knew would allow me to fight for the win. In the race I wasn’t able to set the same pace and that was the main problem. Then a fuel problem prevented me from finishing the race, which topped it off. I’m really disappointed because once again I gave it everything I had and it’s a shame to end the race in this way.”

“That was one of the hardest races of the season, " said Rossi at the Press conference. After the warm-up I saw Sete’s time and I wasn’t sure that I could beat him in the race. I had confidence in the bike but I knew I was a bit slower than him. I spoke with Jeremy Burgess to ask for some modifications to be made to the bike in order to make a better compromise for the whole race and, like always, he and the rest of the team worked at 100% to improve the situation. There were a lot of fast riders out there but Gibernau was my hardest opponent so I tried to push him and put the pressure on from the start. It was a great fight with a lot of overtaking. In the middle of the race I decided to try to go and make a gap, but Sete came back. At the end I did three or four good laps, made the pass on Sete and then did a perfect final lap. Unfortunately Sete had a problem, which was bad luck for him because he deserved to be on the podium. Anyway this is a good win for me and now I just need one more for the title, but it is not over yet.”

Loris Capirossi benefited from Gibernau’s misfortune as he stormed to a brilliant second-place finish at Brno this afternoon, his best result of the year so far. The hard-charging Italian was electrifying in the final stages of the race, closing on leaders Valentino Rossi and Sete Gibernau to cross the line just 1.8 seconds behind winner Rossi after Gibernau hit problems on the final lap. Team-mate Carlos Checa had a less fruitful day, coming home eighth after choosing a different rear tyre.Capirossi’s performance was marginally overshadowed by that of his compatriot Max Biaggi, who completed an all-Italian podium in third place after starting from tenth on the grid.

"I was angry with my start because normally I'm a very fast starter on the Ducati," said Capirossi. "But I knew I was strong - I'd had a very good rhythm all weekend because we focused only on our race set-up. Despite the bad start I stayed cool, I just tried to pass the guys one by one. Towards the end of the race my tyres were good and I was faster than the leaders but I didn't have time to attack them. Anyway, I'm so happy with this podium, even though, to tell the truth, I was lucky to get second and I'm sorry for Sete. My thanks to all the people at Bridgestone and also to everyone at Ducati."

It was a doubly satisfying recovery for Biaggi as he moved up to second in the championship for the first time this season, edging out Marco Melandri after the youngster dropped down the order in the second half of the race. Melandri had made an excellent start, lapping in third place for the opening three laps behind Rossi and Gibernau before becoming involved in an entertaining skirmish with Nicky Hayden. The young Honda pair paid for their early endeavours as the experienced trio of Capirossi, Biaggi and then Alex Barros came past.

Gibernau’s retirement effectively promoted Colin Edwards to seventh place after another disappointing race for the American, who finished ahead of Carlos Checa, Troy Bayliss and Makoto Tamada. Kenny Roberts recovered from a bout of illness last night to clinch eleventh place ahead of his team-mate John Hopkins, with Toni Elías and Alex Hofmann completing the points.

MotoGP Race Classification: (22 laps = 118.866 km)
Pos/ Rider / Nat / Team / Motorcycle / Time/ KM/H
1 / Valentino ROSSI / ITA / Gauloises Yamaha Team / YAMAHA / 43'56.539 / 162.302
2 / Loris CAPIROSSI / ITA / Ducati Marlboro Team / DUCATI / 43'58.376 / 162.189
3 / Max BIAGGI / ITA / Repsol Honda Team / HONDA / 43'59.983 / 162.091
4 / Alex BARROS / BRA / Camel Honda / HONDA / 44'00.687 / 162.047
5 / Nicky HAYDEN / USA / Repsol Honda Team / HONDA / 44'00.902 / 162.034
6 / Marco MELANDRI / ITA / Movistar Honda MotoGP / HONDA / 44'07.689 / 161.619
7 / Colin EDWARDS / USA / Gauloises Yamaha Team / YAMAHA / 44'10.071 / 161.474
8 / Carlos CHECA / SPA / Ducati Marlboro Team / DUCATI / 44'15.870 / 161.121
9 / Troy BAYLISS / AUS / Camel Honda / HONDA / 44'23.664 / 160.649
10 / Makoto TAMADA / JPN / Konica Minolta Honda / HONDA / 44'23.787 / 160.642
11 / Kenny ROBERTS / USA / Team Suzuki MotoGP / SUZUKI / 44'24.223 / 160.616
12 / Shinya NAKANO / JPN / Kawasaki Racing Team / KAWASAKI / 44'24.342 / 160.609
13 / John HOPKINS / USA / Team Suzuki MotoGP / SUZUKI / 44'24.817 / 160.580
14 / Toni ELIAS / SPA / Fortuna Yamaha Team / YAMAHA / 44'25.110 / 160.562
15 / Alex HOFMANN / GER / Kawasaki Racing Team / KAWASAKI / 44'26.307 / 160.490
Fastest Lap (Unofficial new record): Valentino ROSSI 1'58.787 163.745 Km/h Lap 6
Lap Record: Alex BARROS 1'59.302 163.038 Km/h2004

World Championship Positions:
1 ROSSI 261, 2 BIAGGI 129, 3 MELANDRI 126, 4 EDWARDS 123, 5 GIBERNAU 115,
6 BARROS 114, 7 HAYDEN 112, 8 CAPIROSSI 92, 9 NAKANO 69, 10 CHECA 59,
11 BAYLISS 54, 12 TAMADA 48, 13 ROBERTS 41, 14 XAUS 36, 15 HOPKINS 35.

Another Victory for Pedrosa in 250cc GP
Dani Pedrosa extended his advantage at the top of the 250cc World Championship to 59 points after clinching his sixth victory of the season with an impeccable performance. Pedrosa hung at the back of the front group for much of the race as Hiroshi Aoyama and Jorge Lorenzo battled for the lead, making his move at the halfway stage and gradually edging to the front. A brief battle with Lorenzo ensued as Aoyama lost several places but Pedrosa stepped up the pace on the final two laps to leave his fellow Spaniard trailing. Casey Stoner fought off Alex de Angelis to complete the podium and distance himself in second place in the championship from Andrea Dovizioso, who was sixth.

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Nina K featured in Maxim Sept '05
It took them 4 years after working with us to find her, but Maxim magazine just came out with a full page photo feature of our 2002 Fast Dates Racebike Pinup Calendar Angel Nina Kaczorowski who shoot with us a Laguna Seca World Superbike back in 2001. Nina returned to Laguna in 2002 to be the SBK trophy girl.

Nina is a Los Angeles based actress and stunt girl who has had parts in movies including Minority Report with Tom Cruise where she played a sexy virtual reality girl, and now in the the new Scarlet Johansson movie The Island where she served as a stunt girl.

Below: Nina as a raven haired temptress, gets a handle on Colin Edward's 2001 World Championship winning Honda RC45, as side kick Brooke Johnson gets a handle on Nina.

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British Superbike Championship Caldwell Park, Round 10 of 13

Hill and Haslam Trade Wins in British Superbike at Caldwell Park
Caldwell Park, GB, Aug 29th - Aboard their 999F04's, Airwaves Ducati rider Leon Haslam took victory in the second race of the tenth round of the British Superbike Championship at Cadwell Park today and teammate Gregorio Lavilla claimed a pair of second places to take the lead in the Championship. Leon also secured a creditable points finish in the first race, unlucky to drop from first to sixth on the final lap, after he had lead for the majority of the race. A last lap racing clash with his teammate as they both fought valiantly for victory was the only dampener on a fantastic day for the Airwaves Ducati team.

The first 18-lapper was a dramatic affair and was run under the safety car for the first 3 laps following a first corner smash involving a number of riders. When racing resumed, Gregorio lay in fourth but wasted no time picking off Richards and Hill on consecutive laps to join his teammate at the front of the field. Gregorio chased Leon for the rest of the race before passing him at Park on the penultimate lap. At the same corner on the final lap, both riders fought bravely for track position and ran onto the grass. Both were able to rejoin but lost positions, Gregorio taking second and Leon unfortunate to claim sixth in a race that had promised so much.

In race two, Leon and Gregorio were quick off the line to lie first and fourth. Gregorio set a number of blistering laps in the early stages and had soon passed his rivals and was pressurising his teammate once again. Although he pushed all the way to the end, Gregorio was unable to find a way through, and eventually followed Leon home for a memorable Airwaves-Ducati one-two.

Airwaves Ducati Team Manager, Colin Wright, was generally pleased with the rider’s efforts: "It’s been a nerve wracking day and it’s always tricky watching when both your riders are challenging each other for the victory. The incident in the first race was not good for the team as we could have had a one two. However, it shows their character as they came back strong in the second race to take our third one-two of the season and the Championship lead is excellent reward for a tough weekend."

Leon Haslam was delighted with his victory: "The victory in the second race certainly made up for the incident in the first race. I’m out there to win races and it was a racing incident pure and simple. It’s obviously annoying that it was my teammate and I always want the best for the team but we certainly made up for it in the second race. In race two, it was difficult to lead from the front but I knew my pace was good and it was just a case of keeping my concentration. I can’t wait to get racing again and I won at Oulton Park early this season so that should be another good round for me in 2 week’s time."

Gregorio Lavilla was delighted to lead the Championship: "I’m pleased to be in the lead and certainly didn’t expect it coming to Cadwell Park. It’s been a tough weekend and I’m pleased with the results. In the second race I was pushing Leon all the way but it would have been too risky to attempt to pass him, especially with what happened in race one. I didn’t know Michael had fallen until I got back to the pits, it certainly makes the last 3 races interesting. As for race one, I think we both tried to outbrake each other and it was frustrating but at least I didn’t lose too many positions."

The eleventh round of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship takes place at Oulton Park on the 9th – 11th September.

Superbike Race 1
1. Hill (Yamaha)
2. Lavilla (Ducati)
3. Richards (Kawasaki)
4. Harris (Honda)
5. Kiyonari (Honda) )
6. Haslam (Ducati)
7. Haydon (Suzuki)
8. Rutter (Honda)
9. Thomas (Kawasaki)
10. Buckingham (Suzuki)
Superbike Race 2
1. Haslam (Ducati)
2. Lavilla (Ducati)
3. Kiyonari (Honda)
4. Hill (Yamaha)
5. Harris (Honda
6. Haydon (Suzuki)
7. Thomas (Kawasaki)
8. Reynolds (Suzuki)
9. Plater (Honda)
10. Mason (Honda)
BSB Superbike Standings
1. Lavilla (Ducati) - 326
2. Rutter (Honda) - 324
3. Kiyonari (Honda) - 317
4. Haslam (Ducati) - 243
5. Richards (Kawasaki) - 199
6. Harris (Honda) - 169
7. Thomas (Kawasaki) - 145
8. Mason (Honda) - 127
9. Laverty (Honda) - 113
10. Reynolds (Suzuki) - 96

AMA Superbike Championship, Axton VA, Round 9 of 10

Mladin Doubles, Suzuki Domanates the Big Kuhuna at VIR
Alton, VA, Aug 27-28th - Yoshimura Suzuki's Matt Mladin again proved himdelf the mast of AMA Superbike, setting an untouchable pace throughout the weekend's Two AMA Superbike races at the Big Kuhuna Nationals at Virginaia international raceway. While Saturday’s win came following a bizarre, twice-stopped contest in which the five-time AMA king was forced to charge up through the field on three separate occasions, Sunday’s triumph was of the more conventional ranaway fashion by the Aussie transplant and reigning 4-time American Superbike Champ.

Mladin On Top in All 3 Starts on Saturday
Race One, Aug 27th
- Matt Mladin found himself having to win three racess in one on Saturday as he protected his clutch with slow starts in both the First, and then later 2 red flag Restarts to charge from outside the top five all three times to take the lead, and then finally the win as they went the distance

The Parts Unlimited Ducati Austin squad were less than satisfied with the Saturday Superbike race held at Virginia International Raceway. Eric Bostrom was sixth on his Ducati 999 Superbike and Neil Hodgson crashed out of the event that was marred by two red flags.

Eric Bostrom has been hot of late, winning three Superbike races this year for Ducati. The Californian was disappointed not to run up front in Saturday's 28-lap race, but Eric still earned a respectable finish and remains third in Superbike points. "In testing, we were good here right off the truck. So far, we've been way off even with the same setup we used then. We're working through a few things tonight and hope to get it better in the warm-up tomorrow morning. The crew is working really hard and hopefully we will make some progress."

Eric ran as high as second after one of the restarts but wasn't able to translate his good start into another podium finish. He did, however, use the red flags to try some different settings. "For me, the restarts helped because we were able to make some adjustments and get some more feel out of the front," said Bostrom.

Neil Hodgson ran inside the top five until the first red flag, but he crashed on the first lap after the restart. "I lost the front in the last corner coming onto the front straight," said Hodgson. "I was fast there all weekend and hadn't had any slides or anything like that. The crash was a shock. I just tipped it in and, all the sudden, I was on my shoulder." Hodgson was sore after the fall, but said it would not hinder his progress on Sunday.

"As a team, we were disappointed about the results today," said team manager Tom Bodenbach. "The fall was a surprise for Neil and Eric just didn't have the feel and couldn't ride the way he wanted to race. We're going to try some new things for tomorrow and look for a stronger result in the second race."

Saturday Race One Results - 1. Mladin, Suzuki 2. Spies, Suzuki 3. Yates, Suzuki 4. Jake Zemke, Honda 5. Miguel DuHamel, Honda 6. ERIC BOSTROM, PARTS UNLIMITED DUCATI AUSTIN 999 34. NEIL HODGSON, PARTS UNLIMITED DUCATI AUSTIN

Mladin Doubles on Sunday
Sunday 28th - Mat Mladin put the finishing touches on his AMA Superbike double-victory weekend at Virginia International Raceway on Sunday in a one-sided affair. Today's win was the reigning champ’s tenth of the year, tying the record for most wins in a single season held by himself (’03) and Fred Merkel (’84). It also bumped Mladin’s all-time mark in career victories up to an astonishing 42.

While Saturday’s win came following a bizarre, twice-stopped contest in which the five-time AMA king was forced to charge up through the field on three separate occasions, Sunday’s triumph was of the more conventional fashion. The Yoshimura Suzuki ace did struggle a bit off the line (and nearly came together with Ducati Austin’s Neil Hodgson going into Turn 1), but he was secure in fifth by the conclusion of the opening lap and working his way forward.

Four additional laps of quickly carving up his challengers saw the Australian move into the lead and effectively end the race. He pulled an immediate gap on early leader Ben Spies, which he slowly built up to more than eleven seconds before taking the checkered flag. Ben Spies picked up his twelfth podium finish of the season by holding onto 2nd, and their team mate Aaron Yates pulled in for 3rd to give Suzuki their fifth podium sweep on 2005.

“It was a good race for us,” Mladin remarked. “We got a little bit better start. We still had a bit of a problem, but after looking at all the data last night I realized it’s probably mostly my fault, the way I’m starting the bike. So I need to figure out how to start again, but hopefully by Atlanta next week we’ll sort a couple things out, but definitely today was better.

Aaron Yates brought his GSX-R1000 home in second, “The race went pretty well for me, I come up second place. It wasn’t much of a battle. I got off the line a little slow and ran behind Jake Zemke and Ben Bostrom for a while. They started slowing down a little bit and I was keeping my pace. I got by them -- Ben made it easy for me. He got into Turn 1 real hot and I was actually right there with him and was kind of wondering if I was going to get it turned. But I was able to turn it up under him and went on and just tried to keep a good steady pace.”

Sunday Race Two Superbike - 1. Mat Mladin (Suzuki), 2. Aaron Yates (Suzuki), 3. Ben Spies (Suzuki), 4. Miguel Duhamel (Honda), 5. Neil Hodgson (Ducati), 6. Josh Hayes (Kawasaki), 7. Eric Bostrom (Ducati), 8. Jason Pridmore (Suzuki), 9. Steve Rapp (Suzuki), 10. Cory West (Suzuki)

Championship Standings - 1. Mat Mladin (471), 2. Ben Spies (450), 3. Eric Bostrom (382), 4. Aaron Yates (377), 5. Miguel Duhamel (341), 6. Neil Hodgson (328), 7. Marty Craggill (290), 8. Steve Rapp (268)
9. Lee Acree (265), 10. Josh Hayes (252), 11. Jake Zemke (239)

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4th Sept5, Assen (Holland) – It’s time for Assen, a track that doesn’t need any introduction, being famously known as the ‘university of motorcycle racing’.

In the last round, in England on 7th August, Noriyuki Haga and his Yamaha beat Troy Corser in race two, but the two races were a battleground, providing a great show, based on extreme outbraking and overtaking. It was simply a feast of racing, lapped up by 100,000 spectators.

The Championship is living in a magic moment, with five different manufacturers in the first seven championship places, underlining the highly competitive nature of the show. In the leading place Corser still strides the table, but in Brands he proved he is racing with little thought of the Championship, competing as if every race were a championship decider.

Everybody will race for the two wins on offer at Assen, a track which has been modified to be safer for all competitors. It is thus a little bit slower than previous years, but still highly demanding.

The Dutch track needs a particularly careful choice of tyres, for a host of reasons.

First of all the climatic conditions, both in terms of the temperature and the fast changes in the weather throughout the day, mean that things are always far from easy. For Pirelli this means a wide range of different solutions must be made available, in order to face all the different conditions with confidence. But this track always creates some troubles for the riders, who may be asked to take uneasy decisions when experiencing extreme conditions - like rain that falls only on some sections of the track, and not others.

Nonetheless, in the case of rain the Assen tarmac performs well: offering good grip and efficient drainage properties.

There’s something more that becomes a pivotal point of tyre choice at Assen. The tarmac also creates high temperatures on the central part of the tyre profile, due to the long fast corners and the high-speed changes of direction.

Riders will find available to them – for a dry race – four different front tyres that they have already tried this season, while at the rear they will choose among five different solutions, plus two qualifying tyres.

From the same ‘medium’ compound base Pirelli technicians wanted to obtain three different solutions. One made with a harder carcass (that will allow a more precise line) and one of 200mm width (still undergoing testing and development). The final – fifth – solution is made with a harder compound, but this one showed at Brno that it can work as well as the others. In any case, it will be interesting to see how the riders arrive at their personal decisions.

Then there will be the two qualifying tyres, one of which is a multi-compound version.

With all this rubber there will be also the intermediate and rain solutions, which drive the total amount of tyres brought solely for the SBK class close to 3,600. That total increases significantly for the entire paddock, as Pirelli is also the sole supplier for the Supersport, Superstock 1000 and Superstock 600 classes.

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We took Janelle to Laguna Seca World Superbike in 2003 where she also served as official Ducati Corse umbrella girl for Ruben Xaus, with her photos featured in this year's 2005 Fast Dates Calendar

Maria Sharapova Reaches Number One
As we predicted back in January, 18 year old tennis supermodel sensation Maria Sharapova reached the Number One ranking in Women's World Tennis Championship on August 22nd. Her Number one ranking won't last but a few days as Maria currently hasn't been playing this month because of a pulled muscle (The WTA ranks their players according to current ongoing tournament placings, not from year to years final standings as in other sports). But when Maria does return to playing in a few more weeks for the World Finals we expect her to regain the Number One sport again.

Maria is also the richest woman athlete in the world. Her tournament earnings might net her (pardon the pun) around 2 million dollars a year, but with numerous endorsement contracts thanks to her good looks and personality, she actually earns around $20 million per year.

Jessica Biel Returns to star in Blade IV !
This month were lovin' her as a kick ass fighter jock in the movie Stealth. And now we're excited to tell you that babelicious Jessica Biel will be returning in a reprise of her vampire slayer character from Blade III to be staring in the lead of Blade IV without Wesley Snipes getting in the way. Look for Jessica's new movie in about 4 months just after Christmas.

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Neil Hodgson Re Signs with Ducati for 2006 AMA Nationals
When we at Brands Hatch World Superbike in England earlier this month and based out of the Ducati Corse Hospitality Area in the Paddock, former World Champion Neil Hodgson stopped by to hang with us at lunch and to talk yo Ducati Corse marketing director Paolo Ciabatti. Neil emerged from the meeting with a renewal of his contract to continue racing for the Ducati Austin Parts Unlimited team in AMA Superbike Nationals for next year.

Interestingly, Ducati USA CEO Michael Locke didn't know that Hodgson had re signed with the Ducati Superbike team in America until Neil mentioned it to him while making a PR appearance at the Ducati USA Dealers meeting in Chicago two weeks later. This would indicate that the Ducati Superbike effort in America is run out of Italy through Ducati Corse as part of a world wide marketing strategy managed by the factory.

Hodgson's AMA team mate Eric Bostrom was also at the Chicago Dealers meeting and when asked if he had re signed with Ducati yet for 2006, Eric said he han'd spoken to anyone yet. So in Eric's case, despite 2 race wins this season on Ducati and higher finishes to Hodgson, his lackluster 2004 season on the first year of his 2-year contract has Ducati Corse taking a wait and see attitude until the end of this yea's season.

Honda's Plan to Kill off the Competition in the new 800cc MotoGP class for 2007 is already working.
First down Roberts / KTM,
is Ducati Next?

The plan that Honda of Japan pushed through the FIM and Dorna to reduce the power and speed of MotoGP bikes in 2007 with a displacement drop from 1000cc to 800cc is already working. Obviously none of the other manufacturers were smart enough to realize that with Honda's current RC211 5-cylinder 1000cc MotoGP bike, Honda only need to drop off one cylinder and would still have a competitive 800cc 4-cylinder with 20% less weight as well. While everyone else including Yamaha and Ducati would have their same 4-cylinder engines with less displacement and power, and in need of a major redesign to remain competitve with Honda. How come the other manufacturers weren't smart enough to lobby for a reduction to 750cc that would have related to a streetbike category?

Last week KTM announced it would no longer supply it's 1000cc 4-cylinder GP engines to Kenny Robert's KR Petronas team since the future reduction to 800cc would have no relationship to KTM's production sportbike line.

We are going to guess that Ducati will be the next manufacturer to withdraw from MotoGP. With their MotoGP bike Desmocedici going into limited production next year, they now have the platform for a new 1000cc 4-cylinder World Superbike winner if they need it.

Meanwhile Ducati's initial racing success in MotoGP in 2003 with the Desmocedici is not proving as successful again this season. And the torquer V-4 1000cc desmo engine probably won't work as well as as an 800cc motor. To stay competitive it will need to rev higher and the bulky desmodromic valve train will probavly need to go as everyone moves closer to pneumatic valve closing. With Ducati's tight financial situation, the wise move would be to withdraw from MotoGP rather than spen more on designing a new engine, and concentrate solely on Superbike which is their biggest market.

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Victoria's Secret Fashion Show Returns to TV
One of the most eagerly awaited, if not the only fashion show on prime time network TV will be returning to thee airwaves this fall. The ultra sexy Victoria's Secret lingerie fashion show will be back sometime in November /December after a 1-year hiatus thanks to the FCC back lash in 2004 after the Janet Jackson "Wardrobe Malfunction" at last year's Super Bowl.

Once again we'll be able to watch the beautiful Adriana, Marissa, Veronica and Danielle shake every thing they've got as they parade down the runway in next to nothing but high heel shoes.... Hopefully VS will use a better TV production company this year that can follow and keep the models in focus.

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Loris Capirossi had high hopes for today's race after qualifying third fastest for his first front-row start since May's Chinese GP. And the Ducati Marlboro Team man didn't disappoint, even though he didn't make the greatest of starts. Seventh after one lap, Capirossi kept his head, never losing touch with the leaders and moving resolutely forward during the closing stages. Fifth with six laps to go, he dispensed with Nicky Hayden and Alex Barros to move into third place with three laps remaining, then benefited from Gibernau's misfortune.

"I was angry with my start because normally I'm a very fast starter on the Ducati," said Capirossi. "But I knew I was strong - I'd had a very good rhythm all weekend because we focused only on our race set-up. Despite the bad start I stayed cool, I just tried to pass the guys one by one. Towards the end of the race my tyres were good and I was faster than the leaders but I didn't have time to attack them. Anyway, I'm so happy with this podium, even though, to tell the truth, I was lucky to get second and I'm sorry for Sete. My thanks to all the people at Bridgestone and also to everyone at Ducati."

Max said, “That is an amazing result and one that makes me very happy for both myself and for all my team. It has been a very hard weekend and I knew that the race would be difficult from the fourth row. We made the best possible result from our position and I hope this is the start of the more positive part of the season for me. For sure it has not been easy so far. We test here for the next two days and I am very much looking forward to the next races with renewed confidence.”

Alex was disappointed with fourth and said, “On the last lap I would have been able to challenge for the podium, Sete stopped right in front of me, and I had to close the throttle too. However that’s the way it went, we need to think about the next objective, Motegi, and try to make the most of tomorrow’s test to improve our staying power, because in everything else both the Michelins and the bike are perfect.”

Nicky, in fifth, said, “The pace was so fast up front but that’s what you get with the best riders in the world. They dropped the hammer at the start and just went. I tried my hardest to make my boys proud but it didn’t happen this weekend. It was all good experience and I’m happy to be testing here tomorrow because we’re going to have to be in good shape for the rest of the season.”

Marco said of his sixth place, “This morning we made a few changes to the bike and I set a good pace that gave me confidence for the race. I got a good start and forced my way into the lead group but over the first few laps I started to lose traction. I pushed my rhythm to try and stay near the front but I really punished the front tyre. From there on I just tried to finish the race. The two days of tests will be really important ahead of Motegi”.

Carlos Checa regretted his tyre choice from the early stages of today's Czech Grand Prix. The Ducati Marlboro Team chose a different rear Bridgestone from that used by his team-mate. The tyre worked well during endurance runs yesterday but not enough in the race. After an impressive start, the Spaniard began to fade from one-quarter distance, eventually crossing the line in eighth spot.

"I was able to push hard during the first few laps but then I felt the tyre performance start to go down," said a disappointed Checa, who rode the fifth fastest lap of the race on lap three, just 0,110 seconds off the best. "I don't think we chose the best tyre for the day, it looks like Loris made the better choice. The same tyre worked well yesterday, then we tried a used version of the same tyre this morning, and though the performance went down a little, it still seemed like the right choice. We expected it to work better in the race."

Troy Bayliss (Camel Honda RC211V) said, “Things pretty much went as I expected today. I honestly don’t know what I have to do to go as fast as the front group, because I’m not saving myself, both in practice and the race I’m giving my all, just as my team do too. It felt like I didn’t have grip on the front and so staying ahead of Tamada, who I had a good duel with, was a slight piece of satisfaction. Ninth is better than in the last two races, but we’re not here for that.”

Makoto Tamada (Konica Minolta Honda RC211V) “We tried a new race setting today, but we had more negative sides than the positive ones, and this didn’t allow me to result sufficiently fast. I have many problems in breaking. The bike didn’t seem really stable. The rear tyre allowed me to be really constant during the all 22 laps, but I still don’t find the maximum confidence to push it more. I hope to find a good confidence in Motegi because I want to try anyhow to remain with the fastest. I really care about that race.”