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Tuesday Jun 19 2007 - Numerous activities in the circuit for the Ducati Corse MotoGP, Superbike and Superstock factory riders during the 2007 edition of Ducati's world meeting.

Bologna, June 19, 2007: Preparations are gearing up feverishly for the fifth edition of the international meeting organized by the Italian manufacturer which will be held from June 28 to July 1 at the revamped "Misano World Circuit". As is tradition, all the Ducati Corse factory riders will be involved in the big red Ducati party on Italy's Adriatic Riviera.

Friday and Saturday will be dedicated entirely to the riders of the Ducati Xerox Team that takes part in the World Superbike Championship. Two-times world champion Troy Bayliss and his team-mate Lorenzo Lanzi will be present in the circuit for a series of initiatives that will see them involved both on the track with their Ducati 999F07 machines and off-track with the numerous public present in the paddock.

The first opportunity to meet them will be during the popular "Ducati University", a sort of ‘virtual' lap of the Misano circuit, illustrated by the two riders, who raced there a couple of weeks previously in the San Marino Round of the World Superbike Championship, but it will above all be a fabulous opportunity for the WDW public to meet and greet their heroes. Other appointments at the Ducati University are scheduled with the ‘father' of the Desmosedici MotoGP and Ducati Corse Director General Filippo Preziosi, Ruben Xaus, always a Ducati crowd-pleaser, the official test rider for Ducati Corse Vittoriano Guareschi and the young Ducati Xerox Junior Team riders in the world Superstock championships, Niccolò Canepa and Domenico Colucci.

As well as autographs and photo sessions for the riders and pit-walks to see the various teams and garages, the WDW public will also have an opportunity to see all the Ducati Superbike and Superstock riders in track action as they complete a few laps of honour on Friday and Saturday afternoon.
Another activity involving the Ducati Xerox Team is the 999 Two-Seater ridden by Dario Marchetti. 30 lucky VIPs and guests will have a chance to live a unique experience, all the excitement of a lap as pillion passenger aboard a 999 Superbike during the event.

Saturday's activities will reach a high point during the evening when all the riders will be called onto the main stage for the official presentation of the teams competing in the various championships.

On Saturday afternoon meanwhile, the MotoGP Dutch TT Race from Assen will also be broadcast live on the two giant screens set up in the Misano paddock.
This will be an unforgettable opportunity for the WDW fans to cheer on Ducati: thousands of people united with the same passion. Forza Ducati!

Then on Sunday the MotoGP riders, Loris Capirossi and world championship leader Casey Stoner, will arrive at Misano in the morning directly from Assen.

Autograph sessions, photographs and laps of honour with the legendary Desmosedici GP7 machines will wrap up the appointments for the MotoGP team, while during the final day Randy Mamola will have the task of taking several lucky pillion passengers around a lap of the Misano track on the awesome Desmosedici Two-Seater, the proceeds of which will go to the Riders For Health charity.

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June 20th, Los Angeles, CA - Beautiful Playboy Playmate and FastDates.com Calendar Kitten Tamara Witmer was joined by the incredibly talented singer songwriter Kari Kimmel at the CBS Radio Studios in Los Angeles on Wednesday June 20th at 8:30pm for a live on-air interview with the Conway and Whitman Show on KLSX 97.1 FREE FM. The evening talk radio show is hosted by Tim Conway, Jr, son of famed comedian Tim Conway, together with partner Brian Whitman. The radio show is the number one evening talk show in the Los Angles market. Our girls where there in a full 15 minute live segment with Conway and Whitman to promote the upcoming LA Calendar Motorcycle Show Weekend July 14-15th 2007 at the Queen Mary Event Park in Long Beach, CA.

Tamara Witmer, Playboy Playmate August 2005, is the featured Calendar Kitten in all 3 editions of the new 2008 FastDates.com Motorcycle Pinup Calendars (Fast Dates, Garage Girls, Iron & Lace) which make their world premier at the Calendar Motorcycle Show where Tamara is serving as the on-stage Master of Ceremonies throughout the weekend.

Kari Kimmel is one of the hottest new musical talents in America, with the very attractive young singer songwriter having her songs featured in many popular Hollywood movies and TV shows. Kari will be performing music from her newly released CD "a life in the day" both days at the Calendar Show as she headlines the 2-Day Calendar Girl Music Festival featuring all girl bands and dance shows which is included with the Bike Show admission.

Both Tamara and Kari did an incredible job in fielding all the quips and jabs thrown at them by the talk show jokesters, while informing listeners about the upcoming Calendar Motorcycle Show Weekend. Married talk jock Tim Conway tried his best to get the inside scoop from Tamara about the Playboy Mansion parties and to set up Brian Witmer on a date with Tamara. Then Kari blew the windows out of the studio sound booth as she sang an incredible acoustic guitar retention of her hit song "To Make You Smile" that had the talk jocks praising her with countless accolades.

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The Japanese teams are humbled again. 21-year old Casey Stoner and the Ducati steamroller.

MotoGP World Championship, Donnington, Round 8 of 18

Nickel & Dime British Grand Prix
Edwards takes Pole, Stoner takes his 5th Checkered
in Donnington's pouring rain amid a heated Rossi battle
British Grand Prix, Donnington, GB, Sunday June 17th - Ducati Marlboro Team rider Casey Stoner continued his remarkable run of performances with a masterfully judged victory in treacherously slippery conditions at rainy Donington Park today. Stoner and his Desmosedici GP7 have proved themselves at all kinds of racetracks and in all kinds of conditions so far this season - this was their fifth victory from eight races. The Australian didn't get the best of starts, entering the first corner in twelfth, but he stayed cool and cautious until he'd got a good feel for the conditions.

Then he started moving forward, taking the lead from pole sitter and race leader Colin Edwards, Team Fiat Yamaha M1, just after half-distance and increasing his advantage to over 11 seconds as the track began to dry, cannily cooling his tyres through any wet patches. Capirossi came through from 12th and was the fastest man on track at one point before he slid off without injury at Redgate.

CASEY STONER, 1st, World Championship leader on 165 points - "This proves to people that the Ducati doesn't just have power. We've been improving the bike and now it doesn't have any particular weak points, we just need to improve it as a complete package. Obviously today it was the best bike out there. I got a perfect jump at the start, a perfect clutch release, but then I must've hit a white line and it spun up straight away. I was panicking a little bit because everybody was zooming past and I thought I'd be last into the first corner. We still got in there in a reasonable position and we were able to pick our way through. Colin seemed to be nice and smooth, but I knew I could go quicker. Then I saw the track getting drier and drier. I was worried about destroying the rear tyre, so I started going over all the wet patches. When we got to the last five laps the tyre still had a pretty good feeling and it looked pretty good at the end of the race, considering it was our softest option. I'm not looking at the championship yet, I'm just enjoying all these races whether I win or don't finish on the podium. It's just nice to be out there, I've got the confidence in myself and in the bike to really get involved in the race and really enjoy it."

Edwards Takes Second Career Pole
Saturday 23rd June - On a day in which Michelin fought back in the MotoGP tyre war, Colin Edwards took his second MotoGP pole to put himself in the driving seat for the Nickel & Dime British Grand Prix. A hot lap of 1’28.531 at the end of the hour-long session was enough to put ‘The Texan Tornado’ at the top of the timesheets in a dry session at odds with every previous run-out for the riders this weekend at Donington Park. The American still chases an elusive maiden MotoGP victory, and will be taking nothing for granted after seeing himself drop down the order at the scene of his last pole position in Le Mans.

For the fourth time this season both Fiat Yamaha riders qualified on the front row, with seven-time Donington winner Valentino Rossi just 1.5 tenths of a second behind his team-mate. It is the duo’s second 1-2 of the year, following on from April’s visit to Turkey.

Last year’s victor Dani Pedrosa completes an all-Michelin front row, ahead of team-mate and reigning MotoGP World Champion Nicky Hayden. Two days of tyre testing after the race in Catalunya seem to have paid off for both the French company and the ‘Kentucky Kid’, who put in an enormous amount of laps in onboard the Honda RC212V and has expressed his happiness with finally finding the right direction to go.

On course for pole before a final corner error, Casey Stoner will have to make do with fifth on the grid for tomorrow’s showdown in Leicestershire as the fastest Bridgestone rider, alongside Rizla Suzuki’s ‘home town hero’ John Hopkins, the Anglo American who was based just a short distance from Donington Park until this year.

At the scene of his first MotoGP win back in 2005, Carlos Checa had one of his better qualifying performances of the year to head row three, alongside Randy de Puniet and Marco Melandri all within a second of Edwards’ pole time.

Casey Stoner proved in the rain at Donnington he didn't need the Ducati's horsepower to beat Rossi on equal terms.

Stoner makes another splash with Donington triumph

Sunday 23rd June - Returning to the scene of his first ever road race appearance, MotoGP World Championship leader Casey Stoner took win number five of the 2007 season and his premier class career at the Nickel & Dime British Grand Prix. The Australian extends his lead at the top of the standings to 26 points courtesy of a great performance at a tricky circuit, prompting Ducati MotoGP project manager Livio Suppo to describe his 21 year-old protégé as ‘a genius’. Like all genii, Stoner did things very much his way at Donington Park, having to make up a number of positions after an atrocious start.

Pole sitter Colin Edwards led from the start with Dani Pedrosa right on his rear wheel and at the Melbourne Loop Pedrosa stole inside under braking and headed the Texan into Goddards and over the start/finish line into turn one. The order was Pedrosa, Edwards, Valentino Rossi (Yamaha), John Hopkins (Suzuki), Vermeulen and then Hayden.

Reigning World Champion Nicky Hayden (Repsol Honda RC212V), who had put in his best qualifying performance of the season so far, starting from fourth on the grid, was third on lap one and always in contention with the leaders before he fell on lap five. What looked a promising ride ended in the gravel at the tricky Coppice corner. But he proved that he is back near his best.

His team-mate Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda RC212V) was also looking like a contender for victory, leading the field until lap four when he was overhauled by Edwards, then dropping down the order to finish eighth. Dani had chosen a rear tyre that proved too soft for the conditions as the track began to dry. He did, however, further destroy the myth that he cannot perform in wet conditions.

Stoner suffered a poor start, but by lap five the Aussie had powered through the field to lie fourth. Another Aussie man Anthony West (Kawasaki) was on the move and held fifth by lap six, the same lap that Carlos Checa (LCR Honda RC212V) crashed out of contention. Stoner set an early fastest lap of 1m 42.414 on the eighth tour of this 4.023km track. While Stoner was gradually getting the measure of the slowly drying conditions, West was a victim of them, running into the gravel at Coppice while fourth, but regaining the track for an 11th place finish.

Back up to seventh by the end of lap one, Stoner needed just three more laps to put himself amongst the podium spots during the ‘wet weather’ stage of the proceedings, finally passing leader Colin Edwards at the halfway point. From there he never looked back; knowing when to back off as a dry line was established on the track and saving his tyres to take his Desmosedici GP7 through to victory.

Once again, the rider on pole failed to win the race, but Colin Edwards at least had a better race than at Le Mans where he took his maiden top spot. Finishing second in his best result of the past two years, ‘The Texan Tornado’ will have confidence at an all-time high when he returns to Assen next Saturday to avenge some of his personal demons from 2006.

Having crashed three times over the course of the weekend, Chris Vermeulen rewarded the mechanics that he had kept so busy over the weekend with the final podium position. A fantastic start from twelfth on the grid gave the wet weather expert the chance to show his stuff, and he didn’t disappoint with a masterful display. Overtaking seven-time Donington victor Valentino Rossi at the death, the second Australian on the rostrum held off any attempt at an immediate comeback from the Italian to earn his second top three finish of the year.

Rossi’s tyres were destroyed at the end of the race, as the Italian pushed his Yamaha M1 to the limit, and he had to be wary of any mistake allowing the second Suzuki of Anglo-American John Hopkins to close him down.

Randy de Puniet followed up his fifth place at Catalunya with another top six finish onboard the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-RR. The Frenchman has had little time to recover from an operation on his knee, making his gritty showing all the more impressive.

Alex Barros took seventh on the last lap, ahead of 2006 race winner Dani Pedrosa. After a good start, the factory Honda rider was –in true British schoolyard style- bullied into eighth by some of MotoGP’s ‘bigger boys’, as first the Suzuki riders and then Barros imposed themselves on the 21 year-old Spaniard.

Alex Hofmann and Marco Melandri completed the top ten, with the latter only coming into form as the track dried to suggest that perhaps his tyre choice was not quite what was required.

Making his debut for Kawasaki in MotoGP, the Nickel & Dime British Grand Prix was Anthony West’s first chance to show what the premier class has been missing over the past six years. The 25 year-old had been fastest in the warm-up, and was one of the outstanding riders of the day. Showing no respect for reputations, West passed the likes of World Champion Nicky Hayden, fellow Australian Vermeulen and five-time MotoGP title holder Rossi to ascend to fourth position in the early going, and almost impressed just as much after a crash soon after. Dusting off his bike, West returned to the track and set about salvaging something from the race, eventually finishing a respectable eleventh.

MotoGP Results: (30 laps = 120.69 km)
Pos/ Rider / Nat / Team / Motorcycle / Time/ KM/H / Gap
1 / Casey STONER / AUS / Ducati Marlboro Team / DUCATI / 51'40.739 / 140.122 /
2 / Colin EDWARDS / USA / Fiat Yamaha Team / YAMAHA / 51'52.507 / 139.592 / 11.768
3 / Chris VERMEULEN / AUS / Rizla Suzuki MotoGP / SUZUKI / 51'56.417 / 139.417 / 15.678
4 / Valentino ROSSI / ITA / Fiat Yamaha Team / YAMAHA / 52'02.566 / 139.143 / 21.827
5 / John HOPKINS / USA / Rizla Suzuki MotoGP / SUZUKI / 52'16.257 / 138.535 / 35.518
6 / Randy DE PUNIET / FRA / Kawasaki Racing Team / KAWASAKI / 52'17.213 / 138.493 / 36.474
7 / Alex BARROS / BRA / Pramac d'Antin / DUCATI / 52'18.833 / 138.422 / 38.094
8 / Dani PEDROSA / SPA / Repsol Honda Team / HONDA / 52'19.731 / 138.382 / 38.992
9 / Alex HOFMANN / GER / Pramac d'Antin / DUCATI / 52'19.978 / 138.371 / 39.239
10 / Marco MELANDRI / ITA / Honda Gresini / HONDA / 52'42.265 / 137.396 / 1'01.526
11 / Anthony WEST / AUS / Kawasaki Racing Team / KAWASAKI / 52'47.225 / 137.181 / 1'06.486
12 / Toni ELIAS / SPA / Honda Gresini / HONDA / 53'14.813 / 135.996 / 1'34.074
13 / Kurtis ROBERTS / USA / Team Roberts / KR212V / 51'47.281 / 135.166 / 1 lap
14 / Shinya NAKANO / JPN / Konica Minolta Honda / HONDA / 52'50.579 / 132.468 / 1 lap
15 / Makoto TAMADA / JPN / Dunlop Yamaha Tech 3 / YAMAHA / 52'41.346 / 128.273 / 2 laps

Pole Position: Colin EDWARDS 1'28.531 163.590 Km/h
Fastest Lap: Toni ELIAS 1'41.428 142.788 Km/h Lap 28
Circuit Record Lap: Dani PEDROSA 1'28.714 163.252 Km/h 2006
Circuit Best Lap: Dani PEDROSA 1'27.676 165.185 Km/h 2006

World Championship Positions:
1 STONER 165, 2 ROSSI 139, 3 PEDROSA 106, 4 VERMEULEN 88, 5 HOPKINS 83,
6 MELANDRI 81, 7 EDWARDS 65, 8 BARROS 60, 9 CAPIROSSI 57, 10 ELIAS 49,
11 HOFMANN 45, 12 HAYDEN 41, 13 DE PUNIET 40, 14 NAKANO 21, 15 CHECA 20.

Dovizioso Scores 2nd 250cc Win of the Season
In the first race of the day, Andrea Dovizioso took his second victory of the season and cut the gap between the 250cc top two to just 11 points, taking advantage of crashes by poleman Alex de Angelis and series leader Jorge Lorenzo in a soaking wet occasion.

Up until this race, every quarter litre Grand Prix of the year had been won by the rider on pole, something that looked to be on the cards up until lap 25. De Angelis had been the runaway leader since taking the holeshot, and looked to be a sure bet for the win as he undertook a cautious ride of the slippery Donington surface. Held up by backmarkers late on, the San Marino rider saw Dovizioso close him down, and then crashed when put under pressure from the Team Scot man.

With a huge gap between the top two and the remainder of the field, De Angelis was still able to rejoin the race in second place, putting himself on the podium once more. The rostrum was completed by Hiroshi Aoyama in his first top three finish of the season, engaged in a sprint to the line with compatriot Yuki Takahashi.

The crash which allowed Dovizioso to cut down the lead in the title chase came on lap 10, with Jorge Lorenzo highsiding his factory Aprilia at Coppice corner. Alvaro Bautista had given Lorenzo an early warning of the dangers of the treacherous corner two laps earlier, when he crashed out from fourth, but Lorenzo was by no means the last to fall foul of the right hander. Julian Simon was another to take a spill there, eventually finishing seventh behind Shuhei Aoyama and Mika Kallio.

Kallio added his name to the list of crashees on the final lap, but only gave up one place as the final rider to go round without being lapped.

Thai rookie Ratthapark Wilairot earned his best ever finish in eighth, ahead of home rider Dan Linfoot at the Briton’s first race of the season. Cardion AB’s Karel Abraham concluded the top ten in a mature ride from the young Czech. There were also crashes for –amongst others- Marco Simoncelli, Hector Barbera, Thomas Luthi and Roberto Locatelli.

250cc Results: (27 laps = 108.621 km)
Pos / Rider / Nat / Team / Motorcycle / Time / KM/H / Gap
1 / Andrea DOVIZIOSO / ITA / Kopron Team Scot / HONDA / 48'40.173 / 133.908 /
2 / Alex DE ANGELIS / RSM / Master - Mapfre Aspar / APRILIA / 49'02.275 / 132.902 / 22.102
3 / Hiroshi AOYAMA / JPN / Red Bull KTM 250 / KTM / 49'43.310 / 131.074 / 1'03.137
4 / Yuki TAKAHASHI / JPN / Kopron Team Scot / HONDA / 49'43.543 / 131.064 / 1'03.370
5 / Shuhei AOYAMA / JPN / Repsol Honda 250cc / HONDA / 50'05.442 / 130.109 / 1'25.269
6 / Mika KALLIO / FIN / Red Bull KTM 250 / KTM / 50'47.506 / 128.313 / 2'07.333
7 / Julian SIMON / SPA / Repsol Honda 250cc / HONDA / 48'46.333 / 128.677 / 1 lap
8 / Ratthapark WILAIROT / THA / Thai Honda PTT-SAG / HONDA / 48'53.923 / 128.344 / 1 lap
9 / Dan LINFOOT / GBR / Team Sicilia / APRILIA / 49'03.623 / 127.921 / 1 lap
10 / Karel ABRAHAM / CZE / Cardion AB Motoracing / APRILIA / 49'07.014 / 127.774 / 1 lap
11 / Fabrizio LAI / ITA / Campetella Racing / APRILIA / 49'40.756 / 126.327 / 1 lap
12 / Dirk HEIDOLF / GER / Kiefer - Bos - Sotin Racing / APRILIA / 49'44.105 / 126.186 / 1 lap
13 / Taro SEKIGUCHI / JPN / Campetella Racing / APRILIA / 49'55.840 / 125.691 / 1 lap
14 / Alex BALDOLINI / ITA / Kiefer - Bos - Sotin Racing / APRILIA / 49'57.649 / 125.616 / 1 lap
15 / Imre TOTH / HUN / Team Toth Aprilia / APRILIA / 49'58.272 / 125.589 / 1 lap

Pole Position: Alex DE ANGELIS 1'32.391 156.755 Km/h
Fastest Lap: Alex DE ANGELIS 1'45.461 137.328 Km/h Lap 21
Circuit Record Lap: Andrea DOVIZIOSO 1'33.029 155.680 Km/h 2006
Circuit Best Lap: Jorge LORENZO 1'31.659 158.007 Km/h 2006

World Championship Positions:
6 SIMON 61, 7 LUTHI 56, 8 KALLIO 50, 9 AOYAMA 48, 10 AOYAMA 42, 11 SIMONCELLI 38,
12 TAKAHASHI 35, 13 LAI 33, 14 WEST 25, 15 WILAIROT 24.

AMA Superbike Championship , Round 6 of 11

Duzuki's Spies and Mladin 1-2 at Miller Motorsports on Saturday
Ben Repeats on Sunday as Mladin Suffers a Hard Getoff

Miller Motorsports park, UT, June 24, 2007 - Yoshimura Suzuki's Ben Spies and Mat Mladin continue to dominate the AMA Superbike Championship Series after finishing first and second respectively in Race One of the AMA Superbike race of the double-header weekend at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah. In Race Two Mladin suffered a highside get-off that required restarting the race, with Spies continuing on to win the Second day as well.

For Saturday's Race One, defending AMA Superbike Champion Spies started from pole position, his fifth of the season got the holeshot and led all 21 laps to take the win. This victory is Spies' fourth win of the season and his 15th career AMA Superbike victory. It also makes Spies the first repeat winner at Miller. Six-time AMA Superbike Champion Mladin, who qualified in second with a lap time less than one-tenth of a second behind his team mate, overcame a less-than-stellar start to bring home the second spot on the podium.

Yoshimura Suzuki's Tommy Hayden was gridded on the second row but got an excellent start on his Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000. The two-time AMA Supersport Champion ran in third place for the first few laps before eventually finishing in seventh position.

Ben Spies - "We've been getting our butt kicked all year so I had to do something different. We have to ride harder... We need to get some more wins. Pole points are good but they're not going to get it done. Unless I win the title by three points at the end of the year, getting pole position probably won't make a difference at all. We have to do what it takes to get a win. I need to ride 110 per cent the whole time. Today, after we got the holeshot, on the first two or three laps I made the same mistake in the same corner two or three times in a row. But I tried to keep it clean and the GSX-R1000 was good for the whole race. It was pretty much a picture-perfect race."

Mat Mladin - "You can't give up six seconds on the first few laps to a guy whose lap times are similar to yours. I pushed as hard as I could and then about halfway through the race I threw a couple chunks out of the rear tyre and that was pretty much my day. I probably chose the wrong tyre today and again the bad start. To be honest, everyone knows we have launch control now, but it didn't work. I pushed the button and it didn't work. So we'll just have to get things sorted out for tomorrow."

A Yoshimura rider on top of the podium as usual as DuHamel (left) and Zemke (right) serve the continuing part of forelorn looking bridesmaids, again.

Spies Repeats on Sunday, Mladin Crash Forces Restart
Superbike Race Two, June 25, 2007 - Yoshimura Suzuki's Ben Spies picked up his second AMA Superbike victory of the weekend on Sunday afternoon at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah, the defending AMA Superbike Champion's fifth Superbike win of the season and his 16th career victory. Additionally, the Texan took the pole position - his fifth of the season.

Team mate Mat Mladin finished an impressive fourth after his spectacular crash resulted in a red flag and race re-start. The six-time AMA Superbike Champion started from the back of the field and still managed to work his way up to fourth. Tommy Hayden also had a strong performance, leading the first few laps before finishing in the top 10.

Ben Spies: "I just rode my Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000 hard this weekend for sure. I had a couple of slips around but that's how it goes when you're pushing that hard and that's what I'm having to do to win races. Mat's riding really good right now and to come back from dead last after a crash like that and finish fourth is pretty good. And it's not making my life easy. But we did what we had to do this weekend. We came here and got the pole and won both races and that's as much as I can do. So if we can do that for the whole season - every time I get on the bike it's got to be 110 per cent, that's what it's going to take."

Mat Mladin: "Nothing to it, I just highsided in Turn two, bumped my head a bit and scraped up my knee - nothing serious. I can't say enough about my guys for putting the Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000 back together so fast so I could go back out there. Starting from the back like that, I just tried to work my way up and pick up as many positions as possible. I'm a little banged up but I'm flying home tonight and I'll see my personal doctor tomorrow. I reckon I'll be going for a run by Tuesday."

Race One Saturday AMA Superbike
1. Ben Spies (Yoshimura Suzuki)
2. Mat Mladin (Yoshimura Suzuki)
3. Jake Zemke (Honda)
4. Roger Lee Hayden (Kawasaki)
5. Miguel Duhamel (Honda)
6. Jamie Hacking (Kawasaki)
7. Tommy Hayden (Yoshimura Suzuki)
8. Aaron Yates (Jordan Suzuki)
9. Jason DiSalvo (Yamaha)
10. James Ellison (Honda)
Race Two Sunday AMA Superbike
1. Ben Spies (Yoshimura Suzuki)
2. Jake Zemke (Honda)
3. Miguel Duhamel (Honda)
4. Mat Mladin (Yoshimura Suzuki)
5. Roger Lee Hayden (Kawasaki)
6. Tommy Hayden (Yoshimura Suzuki)
7. Jason DiSalvo (Yamaha)
8. Aaron Yates (Jordan Suzuki)
9. Jamie Hacking (Kawasaki)
10. Luca Scassa (MV Agusta)

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Wed 27th June - With little over two days to have begun preparations for the A-Style TT Assen, the MotoGP paddock was filled with riders and teams busy setting up what will be their bases for the next four days. Most had arrived straight from Donington Park, where round eight of the MotoGP World Championship took place under the same wet conditions predicted for the Netherlands

MotoGP star Loris Capirossi was joined by reigning 250cc World Champion Jorge Lorenzo and local 125cc riders Joey Litjens and Hugo van den Berg in Amsterdam, 2 hours from the scene of the A-Style TT Assen, for some early fun ahead of the Dutch race.

The quartet enjoyed a pleasant boat trip down the canals of the capital, under pleasant sunshine, before stopping for a visit to the Gassan diamond factory. Taking in the production process of some of Holland’s most precious stones under the guidance of a company delegate, all four were greatly impressed with their excursion before tomorrow’s first practice sessions at the historic Assen circuit. Capirossi in particular expressed his fascination with the jewellery presented at the occasion, stating that he would be returning to the factory at some point alongside his wife Ingrid.

Sipping champagne at the end of the event, quarter litre championship leader Lorenzo received a special surprise when he discovered an authentic Gassan diamond placed in his glass. He will be hoping that such luck lasts the whole weekend, as he looks to extend his lead in the title chase.

The pre-event press conference was another star-studded affair at Assen, with MotoGP World Championship leader Casey Stoner joined by last year’s race winner and reigning World Champion Nicky Hayden, Kawasaki new boy Anthony West, Fiat Yamaha’s ‘nearly man’ of the 2006 race at Assen Colin Edwards and 250cc title challenger Andrea Dovizioso.

All five commented on some of the changes experienced by the track over the past two years, and assessed their performances at a difficult British race at Donington just four days ago. Hayden and Edwards also relived the jaw-dropping finale to last year’s visit to Assen, with the latter jokingly describing his last corner crash as a ‘present to Nicky for every birthday as long as he lives’.

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Practice for the A-Style TT Assen begins tomorrow at 9am local time, with the 125cc riders in action first and the MotoGP class taking to the track at 10am.

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Edwards Finally Returns to the Podium and Ahead of Team Mate Rossi with 2nd at Donnington
Fiat Yamaha Team rider Colin Edwards finished second in the British Grand Prix at Donington Park today, taking his second podium of the season after a fighting ride from pole position. His team-mate Valentino Rossi was disappointed to finish fourth but nonetheless managed to set another record in the process, overtaking Mick Doohan to take the title of most prolific points-scorer ever in the premier class, with a total of 2,303 points.

After a brief respite yesterday the British weather closed in again and the race was declared wet, although the rain failed to deter the 84,785 fans who had turned out to see their adopted heroes in action. Edwards, starting from pole for the second time this season, got a fantastic start and held the lead; whilst Rossi was edged out by Dani Pedrosa and was third into turn one. Pedrosa found his way past Edwards on the first lap but the Texan stayed on his tail and was able to take the lead again on lap five. For the next ten laps things looked promising as Edwards held the lead over Casey Stoner, who had risen to second from seventh on the grid. However as the rain stopped and a dry-line appeared Edwards began to struggle with grip and Stoner came through. Despite keeping up a fairly consistent pace until the end, Edwards was powerless to stay with the Australian and eventually crossed the line 11.768 seconds behind the championship leader.

Rossi meanwhile had a somewhat more eventful race, finding himself as far down as eighth at one point and making a small foray off-track on lap eleven. After fighting back through the order he looked like holding onto the last podium place behind Edwards, but with four laps to go Chris Vermeulen passed him and he was relegated to fourth. Today's race sees the gap from Stoner to Rossi stretched to 26 points, whilst Edwards' haul of twenty po! ints mov es him three places up the order to seventh.

Colin Edwards, Position: 2nd Time: +11.768 - "We had good race! I had a great start, better than any of my practice ones during the weekend, and then I just got my head down and kept pushing lap after lap. My bike was feeling good in the wet but then it started to dry out. I started braking a bit harder and feeling more confident, but then the front locked once into the chicane which gave me a bit of a scare. Then at the next corner, down at the hairpin, I locked it again, ran wide and Casey came through. After that I tried everything but I couldn't stay with him and it was clear that I didn't have the grip he had. It was pretty tough, but then I guess it was tough for everyone! You could see the dry line forming and rain tyres with a dry track don't work well! I just had to pay attention and take care not to spin it too much, using half throttle instead of spinning it up. Anyway, we did the best we could today and it feels good to be back on the podium, so a big thanks to all my guys. We've made a lot of progress this weekend and now we'll carry the momentum on to Assen next week! Hats off to Casey too, he did a great job today."

Valentino Rossi, Position: 2nd Time: +11.768 - "We had good race! I had a great start, better than any of my practice ones during the weekend, and then I just got my head down and kept pushing lap after lap. My bike was feeling good in the wet but then it started to dry out. I started braking a bit harder and feeling more confident, but then the front locked once into the chicane which gave me a bit of a scare. Then at the next corner, down at the hairpin, I locked it again, ran wide and Casey came through. After that I tried everything but I couldn't stay with him and it was clear that I didn't have the grip he had. It was pretty tough, but then I guess it was tough for everyone! You could see the dry line forming and rain tyres with a dry track don't work well! I just had to pay attention and take care not to spin it too much, using half throttle instead of spinning it up. Anyway, we did the best we could today and it feels good to be back on the podium, so a big thanks to all my guys. We've made a lot of progress this weekend and now we'll carry the momentum on to Assen next week! Hats off to Casey too, he did a great job today."

Vermeulen on the podium at Rizla Suzuki MotoGP’s ‘home’ Grand Prix
Chris Vermeulen raced to a tremendous third-place at Donington Park today to give Rizla Suzuki MotoGP a podium in front of nearly 85,000 home fans at the British Grand Prix.

Heavy rain had fallen over the 4km English circuit all day, including during this morning’s warm-up session that saw Vermeulen become a victim of the treacherous conditions as he suffered another big crash. As the race began the rain started to ease off and Vermeulen got off to a great start, getting up to third position by the second lap, but a problem with misting inside his helmet visor saw the Australian’s visibility hampered and he dropped back to fifth and at one point ran off the track.

As the rain ceased Vermeulen was able to lift his visor and clear the misting, and then set about chasing down the riders in front of him. He caught and passed both team-mate John Hopkins and then Valentino Rossi, and was catching second-placed man Colin Edwards in the closing stages, but just ran out of laps as he tried to haul him in. Today’s race was won by championship leader Casey Stoner on his Bridgestone-shod Ducati.

Hopkins recorded his best ever wet race finish by crossing the line in fifth position. The Anglo- American got a good start and was in a podium place early on in the race, but as the track started to form a dry-line he was unable to take advantage. His fifth place today was also his fifth top-five finish of the season so far, and leaves him in fifth place in the championship overall, with team-mate Vermeulen just above in fourth.

Rizla Suzuki MotoGP stays in third place in the team’s championship and it will be looking to continue with its strong run of form when the next GP gets underway at Assen in the Netherlands in only six days time on Saturday 30th June.

Chris Vermeulen - “It was very wet to start with and then dried out later on and that made the conditions very difficult. But my team and Bridgestone deserve full marks for picking the best tyres for today – they certainly knew what they were doing! I also want give my crew an extra special thank-you because for the second day running I crashed heavily in the morning and they again managed to get the bike rebuilt in time, so thanks guys! As far as the race went, I felt comfortable early on, but then had some trouble seeing through my visor. A couple of riders came past me and I ran off the track, I was struggling to see so much that I could have hit a wall or a spectator or anything and not have known! When the rain stopped I was able to lift my visor up a bit and that cleared the misting and I was able to push harder again. I passed John and Valentino and very nearly caught Colin but I ran out of laps. I am very happy to be on the podium and now let’s go and do it again – preferably in the dry!”

John Hopkins: - “Firstly congratulations to Chris, it is great to see a Suzuki on the podium again, I wish it had been me but he is pretty good in the wet! I got a decent start to the race and had a couple of battles early on with other riders. As the rain stopped falling it created a dry line which was difficult for me because although most riders take that line it’s not the one that I always take! For the most part I’m pleased with the result; we finished in the top-five again and got some good points. We need to get a run of dry races now because I think with the Suzuki and Bridgestone package can be competitive wherever we go. I hope it will be dry at Assen next weekend as that is a place I really enjoy and I want to get a good result there so I can climb up that championship table.”

Honda Rider quotes Donington ParK
Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda: 8th.- "At the start of the race things were going quite well and I was able to lead the race and felt quite comfortable. After few laps the track was becoming drier and it turned out we'd chosen a rear tyre that was too soft for those conditions and I just couldn't maintain the pace. I tried to stay with de Puniet and I had battle with Barros in the last few laps but I had very little traction at the rear and unfortunately I couldn't hold him off. This was definitely a disappointing race for us, although we had promising performance in practice and qualifying which is positive. It's a pity because, with Casey winning again, the gap in the championship has opened up quite a lot. We'll just have to fight back quickly at the next race."

Nicky Hayden, Repsol Honda: 17th. - "The bike felt really good early in the race and I was trying to be a little bit patient when a few guys came past and I started going back and forth. It felt like I could go quicker, though when Stoner came through I was having quite a hard time seeing because of the spray. Still, I felt like I could go towards the front and I was enjoying the race. Then I just got in a little bit hot at the top of the hill and lost the front. I'd been passed there earlier once or twice and just didn't want to go back any further. I felt really good everywhere except on the brakes where I was quite weak. Some of the guys were really strong on the brakes, although I felt like had better exit grip and better traction. It sucks to crash out of the race but it wasn't as if I crashed while going backwards and struggling – at least I was up front and so I'm going to take the positives from this weekend. Being fastest in the dry on Saturday morning was a big boost for me and I definitely feel that I've been the most competitive I've been all year."

Randy De Puniet and Anthony West put kawaski in the points at donnington
A delighted Kawasaki Racing Team are today celebrating the first time this season both their riders have come home with championship points, after the British Grand Prix at Donington Park.

As a result of steady rain all morning, the 30-lap race was run in the wet: not regarded as an entirely bad thing in the Kawasaki garage. But the track started to dry out and grip became unpredictable on the notoriously unforgiving circuit, making for a hugely exciting eighth round of the season.

Randy de Puniet managed a well-deserved sixth place on his 800cc Ninja ZX-RR having started on the third row of the grid. In front of nearly 85,000 spectators who braved dismal conditions at the Leicestershire circuit, the 26-year-old Frenchman lost a couple of places on the first lap but soon made his way back up through the pack. A crash in this morning’s warm up session had failed to dent his confidence and, towards the end of the race, he held off rival, Alex Barros, whilst simultaneously giving the man in front, John Hopkins, something to worry about.

Randy’s sixth spot earns him 10 points, taking his total so far this season to 40. Maintaining his 13th position in the championship overall, he’s just one point behind 2006 world champion, Nicky Hayden.

In his first ever MotoGP race, team newcomer Anthony West put in a staggering early performance, firing up from 17th on the grid to ninth by the end of lap one. When he overtook Valentino Rossi on the fourth lap, the seven times world champion got him straight back but West passed him again, rising to a remarkable fifth place. There was no sign of a let up in his extraordinary progress until a lack of grip saw the 25-year-old Australian in the gravel at Coppice on lap seven.

He quickly remounted the bike and rejoined the track in 15th position. During the rest of the race, West managed to make up ground, passing the likes of Elias and Nakano, eventually crossing the line in 11th place. He scored five points on his first outing and is, already, officially 18th out of 22 riders in the championship.

Next weekend sees yet another round of the MotoGP world championship, at Assen in the Netherlands: the end of an exhausting run of four races in five weekends for the teams. Another hugely popular round, the Kawasaki team will be spurred on to improve by the recent upsurge in their prospects, and by the podium finish they achieved last year at the Dutch circuit. In the meantime, it’s smiles all round at Randy and Anthony’s hugely promising achievements in the UK