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The Kalendar Kittens, left to right: with World Superbike Girl Gemma Gleeson, Playboy Playmate July 2005 Tamara Whitmore and Hooters Honey Cora Skinner were in our studios shooting the next 2007 Garage Girls Calendar and jumped on our 999R05 Superbike to wish Pit Lane News readers a Merry Christmas and a great 2006 racing season! For your own Christmas present of the Kittens SCREEN SAVER CLICK HERE

Jennifer Lopez gets kinky for the 2006 Pirelli Calendar

The 2006 Pirelli Calendar Revealed!

the world's most exclusive and expensively produced pinup calendar
from the word's biggest tire manufacturer

Paris, France, Nov 18th 2005 - The 2006 edition of the Pirelli Calendar, a cult object for more than 40 years for people who love photography, beauty, and the evolution of society, was presented in its world premier in Paris. The 2006 edition features photography by the British - Turkish duo, Mert Alas and Marcus Piggot, world renowned photographers who specialize in women's portraits, and was shot in a striking sixties-like setting on the French Riveria and stars six extraordinary beautiful and sensual women.

American pop music and movie star Jennifer Lopez makes her Pirelli debut this year, together with supermodels Giselle Bundchen (also featured in the 2001 calendar), Guinevere Van Seenus, icon Kate Moss (who made her debut in the famous 1994 Herb Ritts edition), Britain's Karen Elson (first appearing extremely young in 1999, then again in 2001), and Russian Natalia Vodianova (who made her debut in 2003 with bruce Weber and also starred in Nick Knights' 2004 edition) and nude, sexy and georgeous in 27 shots that make up the most transgressive edition of "The Calendar".

The Pirelli Calendar dates back to 1964 when the Marketing Department of Pirelli Ltd in the UK decided to issue a Calendar for their top U.K. customers as a gift for the closing year. In fact the Pirelli Calendar project had been born one year earlier, in 1963 with Terence Donovan, but had not met the approval of Pirelli's managers. However for 1964 the pictures were so beautiful that the new calendar was released for distribution and the success on the media was immediate.

Over a period of more than 30 years the Pirelli Calendars have shaken the media world with their audacity, innovation and spectacular imagery. The Calendar was very much a product of the cultural revolution which inspired a new sensuality, a new appreciation of the female form and, above all, an urgent need to break taboos. In the sixties a tidal wave of creative energy swept through rock music, fashion, films and photography, and the stuffiness and austerity of post-war London quickly surrendered to a new vitality which turned the city into the style capital of the world.

So how can you get a Pirelli Calendar? You probably can't. It is an exclusive Corporate gift which is distributed only in limited quantities worldwide (40,000 copies) to selected customers, VIPs and relevant personalities. Pirelli Corporation in Italy sells the calendars to their national distributors around the world at a cost of around $40 each. The distributors, in turn, give them as promotional gifts to the media, their distributors and friends. In the overly conservative country of America where there is such a huge social hangup over nudity, and an employer can be sued for sexual harassment if they hand out or display a nude calendar in the workplace, the Pirelli USA automotive division buys and gives away only a small handful of calendars to special industry friends. The motorcycle division at Pirelli USA does not order the calendars, nor will they provide us with press materials or a sample of the calendar. Once in a while you can find Pirelli Calendars on, but your change of getting a current calendar is next to impossible or very expensive, with prices ranging as high as $400 per copy..

The Pirelli Calendar Books and the Pirelli Calendar Website are your best opportunity to see what you've been missing. Perhaps someday Pirelli will offer their calendar for sale internationally through their website. But for now, you can find detailed information and pictures from the Pirelli Calendars on the Pirelli website at

More Pirelli 2006 Calendar - Caution Nudity!

Guinevere plays with dolphins on the Riviera.

Yamaha gives up its cigarette sponsorship in 2006 to foot its huge MotoGP race budget alone in the traditional Yamaha International race colors.

Dreamcraft's Best of Show winner "Rapture" at our 2005 LA Calendar Motorcycle Show with beautiful World Superbike girl Rockin' Robin Cunningham.

Dreamcraft Studios is Featured Exotic Bike Builder
at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas
December 1st, Las Vegas, NV - Dreamcraft Studios of Ontario, CA, the industry's newest premier custom motorcycle design company, is excited to announce that it has entered into a unique agreement with Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, one of the world's largest and most prestigious gambling resorts attended by millions of visitors annually. The agreement appoints Caesars Palace as the exclusive U.S. dealership for Dreamcraft custom commissioned motorcycles.

Dreamcraft's exotic high end custom bikes and an exciting new line of Dreamcraft Apparel will be featured and sold in the "Exotic Cars at Caesars Palace" showroom and dealership which began December 1st, 2005. The Exotic Car showroom at Ceasars is also Nevada's largest Ferrari automobile dealership and draws thousands of visitors daily from around the world, providing Dreamcraft unprecedented exposure to high end motorsports enthusiasts.

Dreamcraft Studios is a unique partnership between Larry Nagel, a renown motorsports fabricator for the Hollywood movie studios, and Paul Yang, an Art Center College of Design graduate who brings his own fresh ideas to the custom motorcycle scene. Their first custom bike building venture together was "Saga" which made its world premier with much media acclaim at the 2004 LA Calendar Motorcycle Show and is featured in the new 2006 Iron & Lace Calendar.

At the 2005 LA Calendar Motorcycle Show, Larry and Paul returned with their newest custom "Rapture" to take home the coveted Performance Machine Best of Show Award, a big chunk of the Show's $70,000 awards purse, and qualified for American Motorcycle Dealer's World Championship of Custom Bike Building held in November at Mandelay Bay, Las Vegas, NV. After the AMD Show, Sega was moved into the Exotic Cars at Caesars Palace showroom where it joined its stablemate Saga at Caesars Palace in the Dreamcraft Dealership area. Soon Dreamcrafy will also be adding their own unique line of official Dreamcraft Studios Apparel to the Caesars Palace Store, as well as on their website. For additional information about Dreamcraft Studios go to

Below: Left to right, the Dreamcraft team of Larry Nagel and Paul Yang in their workshop studio.

FIM announcement. 2006 MotoGP Provisional Calendar
The Portuguese Grand Prix, scheduled on the circuit of Estoril, will be held on October 15th (instead of October 22nd). The 2006 MotoGP World Championship calendar is the following:

Dates           Grand Prix       Circuit
March 26th  Spain Jerez de la Frontera
April 8th ** Qatar Doha/Losail
April 30th    Turkey Istanbul
May 14th     China Shanghai
May 21st      France Le Mans
June 4th        Italy Mugello
June 18th      Catalunya Catalunya
June 24th ** Netherlands Assen
July 2nd       Great Britain Donington Park
July 16th      Germany Sachsenring
July 23rd      United States * Laguna Seca
Aug 20th      Czech Republic Brno
Sept 10th     Malaysia Sepang
Sept 17th     Australia Phillip Island
Sept 24th     Japan Motegi
Oct 15th      Portugal Estoril
Oct 29th      Valencia Ricardo Tormo – Valencia

*: Only MotoGP class   **: Saturday

SBK World Superbike Championship 2006 Official Calendar
The 2006 Calendar Superbike has been published. The calendar is the following:

February 25 Qatar Doha/Losail
Marchs 5 Australia/Australie Phillip Island
April 23 Spain/Espagne Valencia
May 7 Italy/Italie Monza
May 28 Great-Britain/Grande-Bretagne Silverstone
June 25 San Marino/Saint-Marin Misano
July 23 Czech Rep./Rép. Tchèque Brno
August 6 Great-Britain/Grande-Bretagne Brands Hatch
Sept 3 Netherlands/Pays-Bas Assen
Sept 10 Germany/Allemagne Eurospeedway Lausitz
Oct 1 Italy/Italie Imola
Oct 8 France Magny-Cours
Oct 22 South Africa/Afrique du Sud Tba
Tba : to be announced/à annoncer

Kate Beckinsale returns to Kick
Werewolf Ass and Seek Revenge

Underworld Revolution

in theatres in January!

In the sequel to the $100 Million world wide hit and a favorite of beautiful Chicks Who Kick Ass, Underworld Evolution continues the saga of war between the aristocratic Death Dealers (vampires) and the barbaric Lycanns (werewolves). The film traces the beginning of the ancient feud between the two tribes as the beautiful vampire heroine Selene (Kate Beckinsale) discovers that she has been betrayed by her own kind and seeks revenge. This is one girl you do not want to piss off! This fast-paced modern-day tale of deadly action, ruthless intrigue and forbiden love (!) takes them into battle to end all wars as the immortals must finally face their retribution.

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Chica Custom Cafe Racer

You say you're really bored with nothing to do this winter while you're snowed in back East? How about turning those piles of used bike parts you've had stacked up for years in the garage into a cool Cafe Racer like this retro Harley built by our famed Iron and Lace Calendar builder and Biker Build Off TV star Yasuyoshi Chikazawa of Chica Custom in Huntington Beach, CA.

The only thing new on this bike is the Akront rims and the headlight. The front end is off an old Japaese streetbike from back in the '70's, the frame was hand built, and the aluminum gas tank was hand beaten and welded. For about $5,000 in swap meet parts and a month's work you've got an exotic retro racer worth some $40,000 on the custom market. Look for a complete feature pictorial photographed by ace calendar photographer
Jim Gianatsis on this Chica Cafe Racer in an upcoming issue of American Iron magazine.

2006 SI Swimsuit 15-inch Wall Calendar w/poster

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For Sale: Paddock Garage 2001 Aprilia Mille R / Tuono R
Two $20,000 sportbikes for one low price! This is our nearly new with just 1,500 miles, bodywork damaged Mille R Superbike which we converted to a very desireable, limited edition naked Tuono R with all OEM parts: handlebars, tripleclamps, alloy fairing subframe complete with new carbon fibre bikini front fairing, and handlebar mirroes and lever clamps. Bike has all the high end components: full Ohlins superbike suspension, forged lightweight Marchesini alloy wheels, Aprilia Performance Exhaust System, AFM sprockets w/520 chain and more. Includes the stock clip-ons and upper tripple clamp to convert back to superbike specs. Minor scuffs in right side of tank need easy paint touch up. Ride as is or add the few missing side body panelsfor a bike worth twice the price. $6,995. Wickedly fast and it handles! Available in Los Angeles phone: 818-223-8550

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Proton Sells bankrupt
MV Agusta for $1 Dollar!

Dec 30th - Malaysia's Proton Holdings Bhd. plans to sell its 57.8% stake in MV Agusta Motor SpA to Italian investment company Gevi SpA for one Euro Dollar ($1.19).

Gevi will assume MV Agusta's $126.8 million debt and $38.5 million working capital requirements, Proton officials said in a prepared statement.

Proton, which also owns car-maker Lotus Group International, announced a $ 3.3 million dollar net loss in its first quarter ended June 30, and a $40.8 million loss for its second quarter ended September 30. Officials expected to announce further losses through the fourth quarter as the company continued to incur debt stemming from MV Agusta.

Proton purchased its stake in MV Agusta in October 2004 for $59.32 million by underwriting the Italian company's loan from Citibank. The new financing saved MV Agusta when a court in Italy subsequently dropped bankruptcy proceedings against it.

World Ducati Week 2006 postponed to 2007
Ducati of Italy has announced World Ducati Week 2006 in the spring has been cancelled/postponed for 2006. Hopefully it will take place in 2007.

" We are sorry to inform you that the World Ducati Week has been postponed until 2007. Various logistical and organisational issues have forced us to focus our efforts on preparing an unforgettable WDW 2007, as fun as in previous years.

Thanks for your time and attention. See you at the WDW 2007."- Best regards
Customer Service
Ducati Motor Holding Spa
Borgo Panigale – Italy

Ducati of Italy has a lot of issues it has to deal with right now including thier new investment owners, reduced sales and profitability in Europe, to their new MotoGP production bike not being available for releaes there at WDW2006 as they promised last year at WDW2004.

Releasing the Desmosideci street bike in 2006 would jerpardise Ducati's prototype standing for racing in 2006 MotoGP.
For 2007 it won't matter since the upcoming engine size rules drop from 1000cc to 800cc and the production 1000cc 4-cylinder Desmosedici won't be eligible any more, but it will be eligibile for World Superbike.

Also, the ban in Europe in 2007 of all tobacco exposure on TV will also cause Ducati and the other factory teams to loose their cigarette sponsors like Marlboro. Ducati may choose to concentrate fully on just World Superbike again in 2007.

Expanded Ducati Racing Contingency Program increases funds and event support for regional club races in 2006

Cupertino, CA – December 10th, 2005 – Ducati North America officially announces that the popular racing contingency program that debuted in 2005 will return in 2006, better than ever! The 2006 program will have boosted payouts and more coverage for regional club races.

“After a very successful first year, I am pleased to announce that we have raised the bar and are now offering bonus payouts at even more race events in 2006 with the addition of WERA to our roster of racing organizations,” said Michael Lock, CEO of Ducati North America. “Racing is an exciting but very expensive sport, and this is our way of supporting the efforts of dedicated Ducati racers throughout the country. Racing is in our blood and Ducati is an important presence at the grass roots as well as the attention-grabbing international level.”

For 2006 Ducati will again offer two contingency programs, one for the professional AMA race series and the other for many regional club race series. A significant addition to the program is the WERA series, which is one of the country’s premier club racing organizations and boasts over 3000 competitive members.

Specific dates, classes and rules will be announced in early January and will be modeled on the 2005 program.

YAMAHA without GAULOISES in 2006
As expected with the impending ban on cigarette sponsorships in sports in Europe beginning in 2007, Yamaha's early change to the revived factory White, Red & Black colors, and rider Valentino Rossi's disdain for cigatette sponsorship on their MotoGP team, Yamaha has annouched its parting of the ways with cigarette sponsor Galiouse beginning a year earlier in 2006.

12/23/05 - Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. hereby announces that Altadis/Seita’s sponsorship regarding Yamaha's Factory MotoGP Team will not continue after the end of the 2005 season.

For more than 40 years, Yamaha has successfully participated in the Road Racing Grand Prix World Championship and it has become the leading manufacturer of the MotoGP competition.

Altadis/Seita have been sponsors of the Yamaha Factory MotoGP project for the past three seasons under both the Fortuna and the Gauloises brands, during which time the companies shared two world championship victories in the MotoGP class in 2004 and 2005.

Yamaha will announce its 2006 MotoGP program in January 2006.

2005 All-Japan Road Race Championship Series 250cc Class Champion
Shuhei Aoyama Selected for the Third Honda Racing Scholarship
Dec 22nd 2005 - Honda decided to award the third*1 Honda Racing Scholarship*2, the purpose of which is to foster young Japanese riders, to Shuhei Aoyama (age 21, Chiba Prefecture native), the GP250cc class champion of the 2005 All-Japan Road Race Championship Series. Aoyama is expected to take part in all 250cc class races of the 2006 Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix as a
member of Repsol Honda Team 250 (Manager: Alberto Puig).

Comments from Aoyama: "I worked hard all year to take the championship (of the All-Japan Championship) so that I could meet the scholarship conditions, so I am really happy about this decision. I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to our team, the sponsors and the fans for
providing me with so much support in so many ways. I am determined to try my best to meet my next goal of winning the World Championship."

Comments from Hiroshi Oshima, Operating Officer for Corporate
Communications and Motor Sports, Honda Motor Co., Ltd.: "Shuhei Aoyama became GP250 class champion at the current season All-Japan Road Race
Championship Series, with an overwhelming six wins out of a total of seven races. We look forward to his further progress and achievements on the
global stage."

Shuhei Aoyama Profile
Date of Birth: December 5, 1984
Height/Weight: 165 cm/56 kg
Blood Type: O
Career Highlights: Began pocketbike-riding at age 3
2001: Ranked 8th in the GP125 class of the All-Japan Road Race Championship
(Rookie of the Year)
2002: Ranked 4th in the GP125 class of the All-Japan Road Race Championship
2003: Champion of the GP125 class of the All-Japan Road Race Championship
2004: Ranked 2nd in the GP250 class of the All-Japan Road Race Championship
(Rookie of the Year)
2005: Champion of the GP250 class of the All-Japan Road Race Championship

*1. The first recipient of the Honda Racing Scholarship was Hiroshi Aoyama and the second was Yuki Takahashi.

*2. Honda Racing Scholarship is a scholarship established in 2004 by Honda for fostering rider talent. The purpose of the scholarship is to develop young Japanese riders who can compete for the podium at prestigious events around the world. The scholarship provides these riders with the opportunity and environment necessary to take part in 250cc class races of the World Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix (WGP) hosted by the Federation Internationale de Motorcyclisme (FIM). Eligible for the scholarship is any rider aged 22 or younger who became champion of, or achieved similar results in, the GP250 class of the All-Japan Road Race Championship Series on a Honda vehicle with record-breaking or equivalent race time for each course or race. The
scholarship enables the rider to take part in the WGP 250cc class races as a member of the team specified by Honda Racing Corporation for up to two years. The premise is that for the third year and thereafter, the recipient
is expected to pursue a career independently.

Winston Ten Kate Honda has announced that Kenan Sofuoglu will join the team as it aims for a record fifth World Supersport championship title in 2006.

The 22-year-old Turkish rider from Adapazari in northwest Turkey tested the championship-winning Winston Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR in Qatar earlier this month, impressing team personnel with his quick adaptation to new machinery on an unfamiliar circuit and his constant improvements during the three-day test.

Sofuoglu finished second in the 2005 European Superstock championship riding a Yamaha and will join new team-mate and 2005 World Supersport champion, Sébastien Charpentier, for further testing in January before the 2006 championship gets underway in Qatar on 25 February next year.

Ronald ten Kate – team manager - “We’re really happy to have signed one of the youngest and brightest talents in the World Superbike paddock after our recent test in Qatar showed Kenan’s undoubted potential. It’s always good to work with young riders that we can take forward to another level. We’re hoping that we’ll have all the new material in place for our next test in January, when Kenan will get another opportunity to learn some more about the CBR600RR and the way the team works.”

Kenan Sofuoglu - “For me, this is just a fantastic surprise. One month ago I wasn’t sure what I would be riding in 2006 but to have the chance to join Sébastien (Charpentier) in this amazing team is just like a dream.
Every rider I know wants a Ten Kate machine so I am incredibly happy to have been given this opportunity. I would like to thank Gerrit and Ronald (ten Kate) for the opportunity to test the bike in the first place and I cannot wait to ride it again.”

Team Sterilgarda Berik starts the SBK season with Xaus and Borciani
A new team is going to be lining up at the start of the 2006 World SBK Championship. The team in question, Sterilgarda Berik, will be represented by Ruben Xaus and Marco Borciani riding Ducati 999 F04s. After two difficult seasons in Moto GP, the Spanish rider who performed so well in SBK back in 2001, 2002 and 2003, taking part in 77 races, winning 9, coming second in 12 and third in 10, will surely be pleased to get back into things.

For Borciani on the other hand, Team Sterilgarda Berik means a chance to prove his worth after a disappointing season, and the chance to race in a team of his own making, which represents a secure future for him if he decides to retire as a rider. Technical directors for the bikes ridden by Xaus and Borciani are Roberto Valletta and Andrea Zampieri respectively. Marco Mozzone is the new team’s chief engine specialist and Natale Egi is its manager.

Nannelli and Alfonsi to ride Ducatis for Team PN Corse
A new name is about to enter the arena of the 2006 World SBK Championship. That name is PN Corse, the team managed by Maurizio Perlini, ex-technical director to Lorenzo Lanzi. Perlini has signed up Gianluca Nannelli and Lorenzo Alfonsi, and will be providing them both with Ducati 999 F04s with Öhlins suspensions. Nannelli and Alfonsi will both take part in all the races in the World SBK Championship, while Alfonsi will also ride in the Italian championship.

Gianluca Nannelli told us how he felt. “After the bad patch I’ve just been through, I want to thank Maurizio Perlini for giving me this great opportunity. I feel I’ve got everything it takes to do well now. I can’t wait to get out there and race. This season will be really decisive for the rest of my career.”

Maurizio Perlini also gave us his side of the story. “We are very enthusiastic about the coming season but we’ve got our feet firmly on the floor at the same time. Nannelli and Alfonsi both have what it takes to do extremely well and we’re determined as a team to give them every possible chance to make the most of their skills”.