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Now available on-line is our newest Los Angles Calendar Motorcycle Show T-Shirt featuring Calendar Kitten Tamara Witmer with Roland Sands' Kenny Roberts KR 990cc 5-cylinder MotoGP powered Retro Board track Racer next to the historic Queen Mary ocean liner. Tamara was featured with this bike in our 2007 Bike Show ad campaign and in both the new 2008 Fast Dates race bike and Iron & Lace custom bike calendars.
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New Blood DVD features Roland Sands building and riding the extraordinary Roland Sands Design / Kenny Roberts KR 990cc 5-cylinder MotoGP powered Retro Board Track Racer. The bike is also featured in the 2008 Fast Dates race bike and Iron & Lace custom bike Calendars with beautiful Playboy Playmate and Calendar Kitten Tamara Witmer in one of our best calendar shots ever (see below),featured in the LA Calendar Motorcycle Show advertsing campaigns and T-Shirt (above).

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V-Twin Powered Sportbike is featured in the Discovery Channel DVD Sands v.s. Rooke along with Jesse's KTM retro boardtracker. Both bikes are also in our 2008 Fast Dates and Iron & Lace calendars.

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. Above, Calendar Kitten and Playboy Playmate Tamara Witmer sits on Roland Sands unique American V-twin powered sportbike built to Suzuki GSXR chassis dimensions with full race Ohlins suspension. Below, Resse Rooke's KTM 950cc V-Twin gets the retro Board tracker chassis and was way cool enough to win the cover of the 2008 Iron & lace Calendar.
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Iron and lace, Tamara Witmer, Jesse Rooke, motorcycle calendar, swimsuit calendar, Playboy PlaymatePlayboy Playmate Tamara Witmer is featured on the cover and inside the 2008 Iron & Lace calendar with Jesse Rooke's extraordinary KTM V-Twin power retro boad track racer, and inside the calendar is is Roland Sands V-Twin Powered Sportbike with both bikes featured in the Discovery Channel DVD Sands v.s. Rooke. Both bikes are also in our 2008 Fast Dates calendar.

LA Calendar Bike Show Hostess and Playboy Playmate Tamara Witmer featured

Introducing the New 2008 Iron & Lace Calendar!

World Premier July 1st 2007 - The new 2008 Iron & Lace Custom Bike and Centerfold Model Calendar sponsored by Mikuni Carburetors and Performance Machine features the world's top custom bikes together with sexy centerfold models. Photographed by Jim Gianatsis, Iron & Lace offers a month by month look at the top winning bikes from the 2006 LA Calendar Motorcycle Show including Best of Show winner "Art Attack" from Russ Hess of Cowboy Customs in Texas, and Pro Builder Class winner Mark Daley of Thunderstruck Customs in Medford, Oregon.

Also featured are Biker Build Off TV show challengers Roland Sands' "No Regrets" American V-twin powered sportbike, together with his contender, 3-time LA Calendar Motorcycle Show winner Jesse Rooke's KTM V-twin retro board track racer. Plus there's Sand's incredible Kenny Roberts commissioned KR 990cc 5-cylinder 230hp MotoGP engined retro board tracker, along with other incredible bikes from top name builders Russell Mitchell, Shinya Kimoura, Joe Takai, Yasuyoshi Chikawaza and Randy Hocker.

This year's Iron & Lace models are even more beautiful than the bikes with Playboy Playmates Tamara Witmer and Athena Lundburg, Miss Hooters National Swimsuit Pageant finalist Cora Skinner, Russian hottie Masha Lund and Big Daddy's TV show star Natalie Green.    ORDER HERE

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2007 Milan International Motorcycle Show
Milan, Italy Nov. 6-11th 2007 - The entire world of motorcycling with some 2,000 media people on Press Day, and then over 500,000 enthusiasts in attendance over the weekend at the 65th edition of the EICMA International Motorcycle Exhibition in Milan from November 6th - 11th. New bikes, new accessories and newapparel from al the top manufacturers around the world were shown.

KTM FV2 Concept Bike
It's naked, it's nasty and we like it! The Aprilia FV2 Concept was unveiled at this month's EICMA show in Milan. The Apriila DOHC V-Twin gets bored out to 1200cc to full SBK Superbike specs and gets hung from a minimalist frame connecting the front and rear wheels. Up front are carbon fibre front struts like the Confederate Wraith with a cantiilever suspended monoshock, and out back is a Monoshock suspended carbon fibre swinagrm. We say Aprilia should quit wasting their time in the MotoGP 250cc class and take this sucker World Superbike racing! Dig the open megaphones to blow Harleys off the road and emit lots of hydrocarbons.

Continuing coverage in Pit Lane News November Page 2 and November Page 3

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Taylor Swift to Perform & Light Rockefeller Center NYC Christmas Tree
and Announce Grammy Nominees

November 26, 2007 - This week Taylor will be in New York to perform on NBC's 10th annual Christmas in Rockefeller Center telecast. She will join Carrie Underwood, Tony Bennett, Celine Dion, Josh Groban and co-hosts Nick Lachey, Al Roker and Ashley Tisdale on the live holiday special that includes the lighting of the world's most famous Christmas tree. The show airs November 28 at 8 p.m. ET.

Taylor Swift will be traveling to Hollywood on December 6 to help read the nominations for the 50th Annual Grammy Awards. Taylor will join R&B singer/songwriter Akon, 27-time Grammy winner and 50th Celebration Ambassador Quincy Jones and two-time Grammy-winning group Linkin Park in announcing the nominations. More presenters will be announced soon. Grammy season officially kicks off with the nominations announcement. The 50th Annual Grammy Awards will take center stage at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 10, 2008, on CBS.

Make it a Taylor Swift Christmas!
Nov 22nd - Beautiful 17-year old country pop music sensation Taylor Swift is one of our favorite
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And now you can make it a Taylor Swift Christmas with these two great music packages just released this month. Just click on the ablum covers to find out more and to order.

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Taylor Swift - Special Edition CD and DVD
This is a must have new 2-disc set, featuring on the music CD the origional 11 songs from Taylor's initial albulm release, plus 3 all-new songs - I'm Only Me When I'm With You, Invisible, and A Perfectly Good Heart. The song Invisible, which we heard Taylor perform at her live concerts this past summer, is sure to reach the Top Ten Singles Charts if and when it is released on its own. Also included here is a separate DVD with all 3 of Taylor's hit music videos, the behind the scences making of the videos, home movie taken and edited by Taylor, and a excellent GAC TV 22-min documentary made in 2006 on Taylor's self driven rise from an 11-year old schoolgirl to the hottest new singer songwriter in music today

Taylor Swift Sound of the Season music CD Taylor Swift - Sounds of the Season CD
Every top music star releases a Christmas ablum at some point in their career, but for Taylor to release hers as still a 17-year old in just the second year of her career along with writing, producing and performing her other music CDs, music videos, still finishing high school, traveling on a 9-month weekly concert tour across America, and appearing on TV awards progrmas as often as possible is pretty amazing. This 6-song CD includes 2 new origional Taylor Swift Christmas songs, George Michaels's Last Christmas, Taylor's totally revised, nearly unrecoginazable and excellent version of Silent Night, and the classic sexy Santa Baby in a perky schoolgirl style.

Taylor Swift in concert

Vote for Taylor in the GAC Top 50 Videos Awards
3 weeks ago we asked you to vote online for Taylor Swift as Best New Star at the American Music Awards and she WON! Now you can vote for our favorite country pop girl again for Top 50 Videos at Great American Country TV / GACTV.com. You can watch the videos now on the GACTV.com website, at TaylorSwift.com, and here in the FastDates.com Pit Board / Taylor Swift.

Our Song - Music Video

Taylor wanted to try a different concept here, from her first two "Girl Meets Boy" themed music videos.
Included here are visuals from Our Song including the Screen Door and Front Porch, the Bed of Roses, while the white studio Band Performace will give fans a look at what Taylor looks like with her full band in concert.

Max Biaggi to race Factory Spec Ducati 1198F for Team Sterilgarda
Nov 1st - Team Sterilgarda Go Eleven reached agreement yesterday, 30th October, with Max Biaggi for the 2008 World Superbike Championship season. The Roman rider will pilot the new Ducati 1200 twin, riding alongside the now confirmed Ruben Xaus to form a team able to run at the highest level.

The first test in Sterilgarda Go Eleven colours for Biaggi will probably be in December on a track yet to be announced. With the signing of Biaggi - four times 250 World Champion and third in the 2007 World Superbike Championship – Sterilgarda Go Eleven are making a real step up in the technical and image stakes, taking a front running role in next season’s races.

2008 Roadracing Rider and Team Line Ups
Here's a look at the rider seat changes and confirmed lineup of teams and riders in World SBK and AMA Superbike and MotoGP for 2008. We will be add more teams and riders weekly as they confirm:

2007 Roadracing Teams
2007 World Superbike

Ducati Corse: Troy Bayliss, Lorenzo Lanzi
Ducati Sterilgarda: Ruben Xaus

Honda Ten Kate
: James Toseland, Roberto Rolfo
Honda D.F.X. Corse: Luca Morelli, Michel Fabrizio

Yamaha Italy
: Noriyuki Haga, Troy Corser

Suzuki Alstare: Yukio Kagayama, Bax Biaggi
Kawasaki PSG-1: Regis Laconi, Fonsi Nieto

Suzuki Germany: Max Neukirchner

2007 World MotoGP
Ducati Corse: Loris Capirossi, Casey Stoner
Ducati d'Antin: Alex Barros, Aex Hoffman
Yamaha Japan: Valentino Rossi, Colin Edwards
Yamaha Tech 3: Sylvain Guintoli
Suzuki Japan: Chris Vermeulen, John Hopkins

Kawasaki Japan:
Randy de Puniet, Anthony West
Honda Japan: Nicky Hayden, Dani Padrosa
Honda Minolta:
Shinya Nakano
Honda Gresini: Tony Elias
Honda LCR: Carlos Checa
Honda Roberts:
Kurtis Roberts

2007 AMA Superbike
Suzuki Yoshimura: Matt Mladin, Ben Spies
Honda American: Miguel DuHammel, Jake Zemke

Yamaha USA: Eric Bostrom, Jason DiSalvo
Kawasaki USA:

MV Agusta Ferracci:

2007BSB British Superbike
Honda HM Plant: Ryuichi Kiyonari - reigning champ

2008 Roadracing Teams
2008 World Superbike

Ducati Corse: Troy Bayliss, Michel Fabrizio

Ducati Sterilgarda: Ruben Xaus, Max Biaggi
Ducati Guandalini: Jakub Smrz
Ducati RG:
Lorenzo Lanzi
Honda Ten Kate
: Kent Sofulguo, Carlos Checa,   Ryuichi Kiyonari - reigning 2-time BSB Champion
Honda Paul Bird:
Yamaha Italy
: Noriyuki Haga, Troy Corser

Suzuki Alstare: Fonsi Nieto (?), Max Neukircher (?)
Kawasaki PSG-1: Regis Laconi, Ayrton Badovini
Suzuki Germany: ?

2008 World MotoGP

Ducati Corse: Casey Stoner
, Marco Melandri
Ducati d'Antin: Tony Elias, Sylvain Guintoli
Yamaha Japan: Valentino Rossi, Jorge Lorenzo
Yamaha Tech 3: James Toseland, Colin Edwards
Suzuki Japan: Chris Vermeulen, Loris Capirossi,
   and non'conflicting AMA races with Ben Spies

Kawasaki Japan: John Hopkins
Honda Japan
: Nicky Hayden (?), Dani Padrosa

Honda Minolta:
Honda Gresini:
Shinya Nakano, Alex de Angelis
Honda LCR: Randy de Puniet
JiR Scot Honda: Andrea Dovizioso
Honda Roberts: Discontinued ?

2008 AMA Superbike
Suzuki Yoshimura: Matt Mladin, Ben Spies
Honda American: Miguel DuHammel, Neil Hodgson

Yamaha USA: Eric Bostrom, Jason DiSalvo
Kawasaki USA:

MV Agusta Ferracci:

2008 BSB British Superbike
Honda HM Plant: Leon Haslam, Cal Crutchlow
Suzuki Rizla: Tom Sykes, Atsushi Watanabe - reigning    Japanese Superbike Champion
Ducati Airwaves: Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne, Leon Camier
Yamaha: Rob McElnea
Kawasaki MMS :

Calendar sponsor Mikuni Brings Back "Explicit Performance Advisory"
Ad Campaign with New FastDates.com Calendar Kitten Carrie Ann Stroup

Nov. 1st - Mikuni American is the manufacturer of the industry's leading high-performance carburetors for American V-Twin engines, the HSR 42/45/48. Mikuni is also a long time sponsor of the Iron & Lace Custom Motorcycle PinUp Calendar and the LA Calendar Motorcycle Show produced by Jim Gianatsis of Gianatsis Design, the advertising agency for Mikuni 's Aftermarket Carburetor Division. Working with Mikuni Vice President Lee Chapin, Jim has brought back the sexy Mikuni HSR "Explicit Performance Advisory" ad campaign which ran in 2004. It featured Iron & Lace calendar model Andra Cobb sitting behind a Mikuni HSR carb equipped V-Twin engine.

Mikuni is bringing back for its 2008 ad campaign a new "Explicit Performance Advisory" ad photographed by Jim Gianatsis features beautiful FastDates.com Iron & Lace Calendar Kitten Carrie Stroup. Carrie is shown posing with her hands holding a polished Mikuni HSR carburetor and a wrench and screwdriver. The picture is titled "V-Twins Have Fantasies too" suggesting bikers dream about beautiful girls like Carrie, while their bikes dream about the bolt-on performance. Mikuni HSR Carburetors bolt up with simple hand tools to deliver up to a 25% improvement in power and throttle response.

Mikuni plans to have this "HSR Fantasies" ad campaign available as a poster to hand out at major bike events including Cincinnati V-Twin Dealer Show, Daytona, Laughlin, the LA Calendar Motorcycle Show and Sturgis. For additional information on Mikuni Performance Carburetors contact your local dealer or go to www.Mikuni.com

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No other motorcycle (other than argueably the Ducati Desmosedici RR MotoGP street bike) has been waited on for so long, with so much anticipation, than the newly released 2008 model Ducati 1080 Hypermotard. Ducati has a way of teasing us years in advance by giving us a preview of their latest prototype concept at bike shows and in the media, and then making us wait 3 years as they guage opinion, decide, design and tool up for production.

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MotoGP Teams
Test at Sepang

17/11/07 - Some of the factory MotoGP Teams returned to Sepang in Malaysia this month to begin early testing for next year. It was a good base line for new team riders like Loris Capirosi at Suzuki to test the current 2007 season bikes, and then have a base line to compare to when they begin the development and setup testing of the 2007 bikes.

World Championship winners Team Ducati where not at the Sepang tests as they did stay on to test at Valencia after the final 2007 season race, where casy Stoner again set a new lap record. Yamaha's Valentino Rossi was also noteably absent, in part as as he would be switching to Bridgrstone tires for 2008.

The final MotoGP test of the year will take place at the Jerez circuit, in southern Spain on November 27 – 29.

Sepang Test Overall
Unofficial Lap Times:
1. Nicky Hayden (Honda) 2’00.592
2. Colin Edwards (Yamaha) 2’01.811
3. John Hopkins (Kawasaki) 2’02.047
4. Andrea Dovizioso (Honda) 2’02.128
5. Chris Vermeulen (Suzuki) 2’02.447
6. Loris Capirossi (Suzuki) 2’02.587
7. Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) 2’02.643
8. Anthony West (Kawasaki) 2’02.659
9. Randy de Puniet (Honda) 2’02.700
10. Yamaha Test Team 2’03.269
11. James Toseland (Yamaha) 2’03.550
12. Yamaha Test Team 2’05.755
13. Yamaha Test Team 2’05.879

Honda RC212V riders complete successful three-day MotoGP test at Sepang
The three Honda RC212V riders present at the Sepang, Malaysia MotoGP test ended a gruelling but positive three-day test satisfied with the progress they have made as they begin the arduous task of preparing their equipment for the 18 round MotoGP World Championship series in 2008.

In dry conditions with lower ambient temperatures than on the previous two-days it was Repsol Honda factory team rider Nicky Hayden who set the pace. Hayden, 26 from Owensboro, Kentucky took to the track on his 2007 machine for the final time running 22 laps before later testing with the 2008 prototype RC212V.

The 2006 MotoGP world champion fitted qualifying tyres to his ’07 RCV and scorched round the 5.542km track in a time of 2m 00.592s. His lap time was a massive 1.3s under the pole potion time set by his team-mate Dani Pedrosa for the Malaysian GP last month.

Hayden then turned his attention to development work on the RC212V Honda he will campaign in the 2008 MotoGP World Championship. The team worked on the engine mapping and electronics on the ’08 machine and working with tyre supplier Michelin testing a range of new race tyres.

LCR Honda rider Randy De Puniet has been in stunning form on his Honda debut but the Frenchman crashed his RC212V today badly bruising his thumb. The crash came at T 7 a double right hand corner at the back of the circuit when De Puniet lost the front end. The data recorder showed De Puniet was carrying the same speed as the previous lap. The team technicians initial feeling was that the crash was due to a combination of a well used front tyre and a new grippy rear that placed too much stress on the front of the bike.

De Puniet returned to the track after treatment and continued working with his Ohlins suspension and tyre testing for Michelin but he failed to better his best lap time of the test he set yesterday.

Italian Andrea Dovizioso (JiR Scot Honda RC212V) continued his impressive form in his MotoGP debut testing sessions again bettering his best lap time for the second successive day. Base set up work and further experiments with the engine braking system of the RCV and tyre testing occupied Dovizioso’s time on the final day of testing. He has developed an excellent understanding with the Michelin engineers as confirmed by his consistently improving lap times this week. The MotoGP newcomer cut four-tenths of a second off his previous best lap time at the test.

Nicky Hayden, Repsol Honda: 2m 00.592s - 85 laps. "Overall we've had a good final day and it was nice to set the fastest time. We wanted to check a couple of details with the 2007 machine just before we said goodbye to it. The bike really worked well with the Michelin rear qualifying tyre, plus the track has definitely been cleaner at this test than at the race in October and the temperature for that fast lap this morning was a lot better than on the Saturday of the Grand Prix when we qualified – which was about the hottest day of the year here. Today we also worked through a lot of stuff on the new 2008 machine, mainly engine mapping, electronics and tyres before we get to work on the chassis proper in the up-coming tests. We always knew there was hard work ahead starting out with a completely new machine and I'm pleased we've been able to get on with it in the last few days. I improved constantly, which I'm pleased about, and we know what we have to do now. The weather was kind to us today and I had a snake-free day which was a bonus! It's time to go home now and I'm definitely looking forward to the break. I've only been at home for four days in the past six weeks and I've got my brother Tommy's wedding coming up, along with Thanksgiving, so it will be nice to get back."

Andrea Dovizioso, JiR Scot Honda: 2m 02.128s - 54 laps. “Today I rode for many laps and I must say I'm more tired on a MotoGP machine than on a 250! Anyway in such hot and humid weather conditions it's good training and I must get used to this! I'm having more and more fun and this is good as it means that my confidence with the motorbike is increasing day by day. We still have so much work to do in order to understand more how to exploit our Honda to the fullest. I still have to get used to the engine braking as well, but I'm satisfied with these tests and I go back home knowing that the team and I have done well.”

Randy De Puniet, LCR Honda: 2m 02.700s - 60 laps. “This has been a very positive test and today I continued with the Ohlins suspension, working to find the optimum set-up, especially at the rear where still I lack some connection and good feeling when I open the throttle. I have also done a lot of tyre evaluation with Michelin, with good step forward on the rear yesterday, and today tried some different compound front tyres. The crash was strange, I had the same braking and speed as the lap before, when I lost the front-end. I rode again in the afternoon but did not use a qualifier, just the latest Michelin race tyres. After just five days with Honda LCR and Michelin I’m happy with move to the LCR team and know we can be faster when we get the 2008 model Honda RC212V.“

John Hopkins 3rd Quicket on New Kawakai Ride
The Kawasaki Racing Team head back to Europe today, after concluding three successful days of development testing at the Sepang circuit in Malaysia.

John Hopkins, riding the Ninja ZX-RR for only the second time at this test, was pleased to finish the final day an impressive third fastest overall, after quickly getting to grips with both the circuit and the characteristics of Kawasaki's MotoGP racer.

Hopkins identified a number of areas where the Ninja ZX-RR could be better matched to his distinctive riding style during his inaugural test aboard the bike immediately after the season ending Valencia Grand Prix. With less than a week between the Valencia and Sepang tests, the Anglo-American was impressed to discover that Kawasaki's engineers in Japan had already made improvements to the bike based on his initial feedback.

Modified clutch, engine and chassis components all but eliminated the chatter Hopkins experienced in Valencia, giving the #21 more confidence in the front end of the bike and allowing him to put in the fastest lap ever recorded aboard the Ninja ZX-RR on race tyres around the 5.548km Sepang circuit.

Hopkins was pleased with the positive progress made over the three day test, and happy with the working relationship developing between him and his new crew. The new Kawasaki pilot heads now for Southern Spain, and the final three-day test of the year, determined to use the technical and demanding Jerez circuit to perfect the set-up of his Ninja ZX-RR ahead of the winter break.

Anthony West also declared himself happy overall with the Sepang test, although the 26-year-old Australian was a little disappointed not to have finished closer to his new team mate on the time sheet.

As well as evaluating new engine components, West used the three-day test to focus on finding a good base set-up on his Ninja ZX-RR; a process he was unable to accomplish this year after being thrown in at the deep end with the Kawasaki Racing Team mid-season.

Despite concentrating on set-up rather than looking for a fast lap, West ended the final day of testing eighth fastest overall, and just over half-a-second behind fellow Kawasaki pilot, Hopkins.

Like his team mate, West is also looking to end the year on a high-note, and he heads for his MotoGP debut at the Jerez circuit determined to move further up the timesheet during the final three days of testing before the winter test ban comes into force.

Lorenzo rounds off Malaysia test with promising final day for
Fiat Yamaha

Future Yamaha rider Jorge Lorenzo rounded off his second test with the factory with more steady improvement in Malaysia today, bettering his lap time from yesterday by almost a second. After intermittent rain for the last two days, the MotoGP teams were rewarded with a completely dry day today and Lorenzo made the most of the time available, completing 83 laps of the 5,548m circuit.

Lorenzo’s best time of 2’02.643, which put him seventh, was set on qualifying tyres near the end of the day. However he set his fastest lap on race tyres in the early afternoon, his time of 2.03.044 showing his improvement over the course of the test. The quickest lap of the day was set by Nicky Hayden, also on qualifying tyres, in a time of 2.00.592

The Fiat Yamaha Team will now pack up and return to Europe for a week’s rest before the final test of the year at Jerez de la Frontera in Spain on 27th, 28th and 29th November.

Jorge Lorenzo - 7th, 2’02.643, 83 Laps - “Overall I’m happy with these three days of testing. It’s been hard work but I have improved each day and especially today, when I have gone nearly one second faster with race tyres than I was yesterday. I’ve been concentrating on changing my riding style; braking later and accelerating sooner and we can see from the data that I have improved quite a lot, although we still have more to do. I am okay on the longer, faster corners but on the slower ones I have more problems. We haven’t done so much work on the tyres, just trying one different tyre, the same as we tried in Valencia, and with this tyre we improved half a second. I didn’t ride the new bike today but it was good to get the chance to try it briefly yesterday. We won’t start working on it properly until January; for now the important thing is for me to learn as much as possible about ridin g a MotoGP bike. I’ve had fun these three days and I’m quite happy with my progress, and now we will look forward to Jerez.”

Daniele Romagnoli – Team Manager “The main use of this test has been to collect information regarding the needs of Jorge as we try to make him as comfortable as possible on our bike. We have tried to move his position on the bike slightly further back and we have made some changes here, but we are now waiting for some new parts for the future which we think will improve his position further. Overall we’ve improved his braking points and his feeling going into the corners; this is an ongoing process and we will continue to work on it over the next tests. Thanks to Jorge and to the team for their hard work and for so many laps; everything we’ve done here will help us for the future.”

Successful Sepang test for Rizla Suzuki MotoGP
Rizla Suzuki MotoGP has completed its second 2008 pre-season test at Sepang in Malaysia today with satisfying results that Suzuki and the team believes it can build upon in the coming months.

Chris Vermeulen was able to give the 2008 prototype Suzuki GSV-R a comprehensive test at the 5.5km Malaysian circuit to assess what improvements and developments are needed in readiness for an assault on next year’s championship. He was regularly amongst the fastest riders on race tyres throughout the test and even a small crash at the end of the third day did not dampen his enthusiasm for the new bike. Vermeulen carried out in-depth evaluations of the 2008 machine and conducted a long distance run on the final afternoon in the searing Sepang heat, as track temperatures reached 55°C.

New Suzuki rider Loris Capirossi, in only his second outing for the Japanese factory, was able to get onboard the 2008 bike for the first time at Sepang this week. He began the three-day test with a thorough appraisal of the 2007 machine to enable him to totally understand the workings of the GSV-R, before changing to next year’s model on day two. Although almost a third of the test was lost to bad weather, Capirossi soon got to grips with the new bike and was consistently lapping faster than he had done on this year’s machine.

Rizla Suzuki MotoGP will now assess all the data obtained from this test back at the factory, before it moves on to Australia, back to Malaysia, Australia again ,Spain and finally Qatar for more pre-season tests in preparation for the 2008 MotoGP World Championship that gets underway at Doha in Qatar next March.

Chris Vermeulen: “It’s been a great three-day test here in Sepang. We started out with the 2007 bike with the same settings that I had for the race and then we transferred them to the new prototype ’08 bike. It was definitely a step forward, and speaking with Loris he had similar comments – so that was great. We tested a lot of things here including engine maps, traction control, chassis set-up, new Ohlins suspension and of course lots of tyre testing for Bridgestone. It has been a very busy few days but I am extremely happy with the progress that we have made. Today we concentrated on a longer run and I did the furthest distance at about two o’clock in the afternoon when the track was at its hottest – like it would be on race day – and the bike performed really well and we were quicker than we were in the race. So all-in-all it’s been a very good test for us!”

Loris Capirossi: “I am quite happy after this test. We did a lot of laps and my feeling for the bike is getting better every time I ride it. We tested a lot of different things so I can get an understanding of the bike and the team will be able to know what I want to make sure I can go quicker. Every time we went out we tried something different with the settings, and the mapping of the bike and at the end of the last day we found something that was a really good improvement, but we didn’t have enough time to work on it. The whole test has been very positive and I am impressed with how everything is going. We will keep working hard through the winter and I am looking forward to the next tests and making more steps forward – I am enjoying my work, it’s fun!”

Paul Denning – Team Manager: “It has been a good three days for both guys. We got through an enormous amount of work and have certainly made significant advances with the 2008 prototype GSV-R.

“Chris was quick and consistent on race tyres throughout the test and he did a long run today, in very high heat and humidity, that was well inside his race-lap times here so that shows the new bike is going in the right direction.

“It was good to see Loris on the ’08 machine and his feedback and comments were almost identical to Chris’s, so the guys back at Suzuki will now have an indication on where we need to improve things.

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