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

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

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

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

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Suzuka 8 Hours

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MotoGP World Championship Championship, Sachsenring Germany Round 10 of 17

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Championship Standings MotoGP

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

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

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Stealth shares the excitement and looks of Top Gun with Tom Cruise, but flash forwarded 20 years into the future with Jessica playing a hot young fighter pilot deployed in combat training with the next generation swept wing YF37 stealth fighter stationed on the active atomic

aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln. All the Star Wars technology shown with the YF37 and its nemesis the UCAV is actually in development, and the movie provides a great preview of what future air warfare would be like if we decide to put it into production. The scenes of the prototype fighters landing and taking off from the USS Abraham Lincoln are incredibly realistic, as are all the flying scenes.

This is Jessica's 3rd hot action drama in a row, following close on the heels of 2 more of our favorites, Texas Chain Saw Massacre and Blade Trinity. And we think vaulting Jessica right up there in super goddess status with Angelina Jolie in Tomb Raider as Laura Croft.

Jessica runs her Talon dangerously close 10 feet off the ground as she zooms in under enemy radar. But isn't the plane supposed to be "stealth"? The rear engine module provides thrust vectoring for 90-degree turns in mid-air dog fights.

The story plot for Stealth is pure Hollywood and pretty stupid, especially when they start blowing now friendly Russian SU37 fighters out of the sky. But with beautiful Jessica in her tight bikini and flight suits, and with exciting flying scenes, the movie is great summer fare. Here is the story line:

U.S. Navy pilots Ben Gannon (Josh Lucas) , Kara Wade (Jessica Biel) and Henry Purcell (Jamie Foxx) are part of a close-knit elite division of test pilots flying highly classified swept wing YF37 stealth fighter jets, referred to only as Talons. They're the best of the best and they know it. Then their commanding officer Cpt. George Cummings introduces the team to their new wingman--an artificial intelligence-based UCAV, nicknamed "EDI."

Although Ben is hesitant about taking "the human pilot out of the equation of war," Cummings orders the team to execute their first real mission alongside "EDI." To their amazement, "EDI" proves to be a cracker-jack wingman and they successfully eliminate their target. But on the return trip to their base aboard the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Carl Vinson, "EDI" is struck by lightning. The drone's brain expands in ways its creators could never have predicted. Despite Ben and Henry's reservations, Cummings declares "EDI" ready to rejoin the team in the air. On their next mission against a nuclear-armed warlord in a remote Chinese province, "EDI's" seriously compromised circuitry problems only get worse. Ben decides that the risks of the attack far outweigh the benefits to himself, Henry and Kara, (for whom he has developed a romantic attraction).

When he aborts the mission, "EDI" goes against orders and executes the hit anyway. The danger escalates when "EDI" decides to execute a top-secret mission that, if successful, could spiral into worldwide nuclear Armageddon. It's up to Kara and Ben to do all they can prevent it. In theatres now.    More Jessica

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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.

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

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

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AMA Pro Racing's
Scott Hollingsworth Crashes & Burns on
Dave Despain's Wind Tunnel
July 26th- Scott Hollingsworth, CEO of AMA Pro Racing was interviewed on Speed TVs Wind Tunnel with Dave Despain.
Dave's intentions were good to have Hollingsworth there, to find out why the AMA's National Roadracing Championship was now an embarrassing failure with no major sponsorship in 20 yrears, the top factory teams divided into 4 different and overly duplicated classes, with spectator turnout nearly non existent at many races. And then as the motorcycle media and fans clammered for change, AMA Pro Racing announced last month the Disastrous rules and classes would remain unchanged for 2006.

Dave asked the right questions of Hollingsworth in the interview, but obviously the questions had been been presented to him in advance, and the responses prepared prepared before the show. Hollingsworth had his spin doctoring well rehearsed as he rattle off like the little robot he was, kissing ass to the the manufacturers who ran the Pro Racing Board, that everything was peaches and cream.

Sadly, Dave Despain really let us and the sport down by not following up Hollingsworth 's prepared statements with harder questions backed up by the true facts.

Despain asked Hollingsworth if having 4 National class were a determent to not the best racing with all the top riders and teams not in one feature class, for which Hollingsworth replied:

"Superbike remains our premier class. We are just guilty of having too many good Support Classes. To prove this, Spectator attendance is continuing to grow."

This was an outright lie by Hollingsworth as spectator attendance is a its lowest point ever in 20 years. Many tracks like Pipes Peak, California Speedway can hardly pull 1,000 spectators. Last year laguna Seca, and this year daytona only pulled 4,000 spectators -down from the 40,000 seen there 10-15 years ago. -Editor.

"Are you doing anything to get the other 2 factory teams (Yamaha and kawasaki) back into AMA Superbike?" asked Despain.

"At this point we will have to look at 2007," replied Hollingsworth

Reading between the lines, Hollingsworth doesn't have the balls or the interest to buck the manufacturers or lobby in public to reduce the Pro classes from 4 classes to just 2 or 3 classes, with one of them a stock class for privateers. -Editor.

"Are you making it too easy for the manufacturers to race the other classes?" Despain asked.

"We designed Superstock (600cc and 1000cc) for Privateers, but it's not working out that way. We didn't get exactly what we wanted. but the fundamentals are right," Hollingsworth said. "The classes are a reflection of the market place."

Sure, but why two 600cc classes and two 1000cc classes both of which are open to factory Pros and teams? Doesn't that defeat The entire purpose of 2 classes if one isn't restricted to entry level riders, and the other is only for pros?
Despain just didn't have the moxie to ask Hollingsworth the important follow up questions. -Editor.

"How do we get all the manufacturers into Superbike, that's the problem," was the question Hollingsworth left unanswered as they ended what was now obviously a well planned PR spin to try and put AMA Pro Racing in a favorable light amid all the other media criticism.

And to answer the question, no, Scott and Dave, it's not a problem getting al the manufactures into Superbike if you adopt the simple 2-class structure of World Superbike and run 600cc Supersport without direct factory team involvement, and have just 1000cc Superbike for the factory teams. Simple. -Editor.

"At Daytona the safety concerns require 600cc Extreme to be the main 200 mile race. We are just going to have to live with it." -Hollingsworth.

No, you don't have to live with it Scott. If Indianapolis can build an FIA approved world caliber Formula One roadrace course in its infield, so can Daytona for World sports cars and motorcycles. AMA Pro racing needs to tell the France family to fix the track at Daytona or take a hike.

Unfortunately, despite the small spectator turnout at all AMA Nationals including Daytona, AMA Racing needs all the entry money off all the riders in all the multiplicity of classes in order to to survive. They can't reduce the classes at an AMA National weekend or they'll be more broke than they already are.

And as long as Scott Hollingsworth remains the puppet CEO at AMA Pro Racing to a Board of Directors run by the motorcycle manufacturers with their own company agendas to serve, the sport of professional roadracing in America will continue to flounder in oblivion.

For Hollingsworth, being the CEO of AMA Pro Racing is a job, a pay check with no responsibility or accountability, and he's going to ride that gravy train as long as he can.

Like any other successful professional motorsports racing Championships, motorcycle roadracing in America needs to be owned or run by a racing czar like a Bill France, a Bernie Eckelstone or Paolo Flammini to grow and be successful. -Editor

Rossi Re Signs with Yamaha for 1 More Year
Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. and Valentino Rossi are delighted to announce that Valentino will stay with Yamaha for a further year. Rossi will continue to race in Yamaha's MotoGP line-up riding the Yamaha YZR-M1 in the 2006 MotoGP World Championship.

Rossi won the 2004 MotoGP World Championship with Yamaha and is currently competing in his second season with the Japanese manufacturer's factory team. The 26-year old Italian leads the 2005 MotoGP World Championship by 120 points, following his 8th victory at last weekend's German Grand Prix.

Managing Director of Yamaha Motor Racing, Lin Jarvis, stated, "Since we announced the signing of Valentino Rossi at the end of 2003 we had an astonishing first year with him, and are now enjoying great success again in 2005. This year is the 50th anniversary for Yamaha and is therefore a very special year for us.
We hope our MotoGP efforts will culminate in a second world title for Valentino with Yamaha. We are obviously very happy to have Valentino with us for another year and to keep him with MotoGP in 2006. The partnership with Valentino is the key point that will now allow us to proceed with our total MotoGP strategy for 2006."

"I am so happy to be able to announce the continuation of my relationship with Yamaha" commented Rossi. "Last year was magic, to win my first race with Yamaha, and then to win the championship. I have a fantastic relationship with this factory and my team crew, who have worked so hard to make the M1 as competitive as it is now, and it just made sense to stay with Yamaha for another year."

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

• Only MotoGP Class
**Saturday Races

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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