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Carlos Checa (7) was in complete control this weekend with Superpole and Doube Race Wins as World Superbike made its triuphant return to America.

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June 1st, 2008, Miller Motorsports park, Toole, Utah, USA - Carlos Checa (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR) scored his first ever World Superbike Championship race win at the all-new WSB venue of Miller Motorsports Park in America, and then followed it up with an even more impressive second victory in race two, taking Honda to 100 wins in this category of racing.

Checa had won his first career Superpole on Saturday, with a new track best of 1’48.193, but after an indifferent start to the first Race One, he took the lead on lap four and was never headed from then on. The supposed 21-lap race actually ran to 20 laps, after the start was delayed for a few minutes, but Checa kept his nerve after two of his main rivals, Troy Bayliss and Noriyuki Haga, crashed out of contention in separate incidents.

The other hero of the weekend was Nori Haga who crashed hard and broke his colarbone in Saturday morning practce, but after a visit to the hospital, retured later inthe day to compete in Superpol and run both races on Sinday! Checa himself had crashed in qualifying, but overcame his bumps and bruises to reassert his championship threat once more.

In Race two, Checa hit the front on lap nine, and eased away to record a margin of victory of 3.5 seconds, easing up at the finish to take a maximum 50 points for his day’s work.

Checa is now the clear challenger to long time leader Bayliss, who scored no points today, after one crash and one technical retirement. Bayliss effectively lost 50 points / 2 -race wins from his previous unchanged 194 points to Checa’s 166, now just a difference of 28 points, with more than half a season left to run and Checa now burning up previously thought unsurmountable lead of Bayliss's.

Enthusiastic Welcome for Return of World Superbike to USA
SBK Press Release, Rome, Friday 23rd May 2008 - With one week to go before World Superbike returns to the USA for the first time in four years, the championship regulars have been giving their opinions about the Miller Motorsports Park circuit not far from Salt Lake City and gearing up for what promises to be a spectacular sixth round of the championship on the new 3.048 miles (4.876 kilometre) track.

This will be the third different venue for the USA Round after previous World Superbike events held at Brainerd (Minnesota) from 1989 to 1991, and at Laguna Seca (California) from 1995 to 2004.

None of the current crop of WSBK riders have raced at the state-of-the-art Miller circuit, which was opened in 2006, so first practice next Friday will be an unknown factor for all concerned. However all have expressed enormous enthusiasm about racing at one of the safest, most advanced and fastest track layouts in North America.

Double WSBK champion Troy Bayliss’ American experience began in 2000 when he set pole position at the Daytona 200 Miles event, before Ducati Corse moved the Australian to the World Championship that year as replacement for the injured Carl Fogarty.

"I miss America and so am happy to be going back there” declared the Ducati Xerox rider. “In one way I’m sorry we’re not going back to Laguna, a track I enjoyed and know well but, having said that, I met the owner and designer of the Miller track while at Assen and saw the layout and it looks like a great track too. To be honest that is about all I know of the track at the moment, it looks pretty safe but might also get very dusty so we’ll have to see when we get there. I have good memories of racing in America, I guess my last visit was when I was in GP and I did ok so yeah, I’m looking forward to going back there again!"

Another two-times champion Troy Corser, together with Ben Bostrom, Anthony Gobert and John Kocinski, is a three-time winner of the USA Round, and he returns to the country where he won the AMA title back in 1994, the first non-American to do so.

“I am looking forward to going back again; it was always a nice race in America” said the Yamaha Motor Italia WSB man. “From all I've heard and seen, the track we are going to is well designed and safe. It should be all good. I still keep in contact with a lot of people over there, sponsors and friends and so on. More so now because they all know we're coming back and they want to come and see the race again! I made a lot of friends over there and we have been keeping contact by e-mail. It's great to be going back to the States again, for the championship and for me personally.”

Carlos Checa is a rider who has had more recent US racing experience than most, having campaigned three different MotoGP machines in three years at Laguna Seca from 2005 to 2007. - “I’m looking forward to racing in America again. Its always a good place to go and I try to get there a couple of days ahead and visit friends and do some climbing or cycling” commented the Hannspree Ten Kate Honda rider. “I have always raced at Laguna Seca, so the Miller track will be a completely new experience for me and I heard it is a very fast track. Then again, it will be new to all the riders in the competition. I think the USA is a good place for the Championship and it needs to be included in the World Superbike Championship. Any credible World Championship should have at least one event in the United States.”

Max Biaggi, who has also raced at Laguna Seca in MotoGP, is convinced that the new venue is a safe circuit and in time that the event will become a success.

“I’ve just watched it on the Internet and seen some pictures” declared the Sterilgarda Go Eleven Ducati rider. “It looks like it’s similar to European-standard tracks which is good. It’s not like the American tracks which are not so safe and not so wide. When we started racing in America the sport was not that popular but in the last few years that we raced there a lot of people started to come and there were more people involved from the star-system who came close to this sport. Unfortunately where we go is in Utah, which is very far away, it’s not like California. We’ll see, it’s the first time there and it depends a lot on what people expect from this kind of event. With time however, I think people will also go there.”

Troy Bayliss came to Miller on his Farewell Tour to World Superbike with a dominate 3-race lead in points.

Bayliss Quickest on Friday in First Qualifying Session
Tooele, Friday 30 May 2008 - Troy Bayliss (Ducati Xerox) set the quickest time in the first-ever World Superbike qualifying session at the Miller Motorsports Park circuit near Salt Lake City. The Australian clocked a time of 1 minute 49.394 seconds in the one-hour qualifying session, which as a result becomes the new circuit lap record.

"I’m very happy with how we’ve gone seeing as it’s our first time here” declared Bayliss. “I like the track a lot, it reminds me a little of Qatar and the surface is similar to that of Misano, with a few little bumps and things here and there. The times are already fast, and we hope to go even faster tomorrow. We’ve already made good progress and we pretty much know already what we’re going to use in the race tyre-wise. The weather is supposed to get hotter and it’s a very physical track so that will definitely make for some great racing!”

Second place on the provisional front row, just two-tenths of a second slower, went to another Australian, Troy Corser (Yamaha Motor Italia WSB), who also quickly got dialed in to the US track. Corser was closely followed by Spain’s Carlos Checa (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda), who headed the timesheets for much of the session, and the increasingly impressive Jakub Smrz (Guandalini Ducati) from the Czech Republic.

The only two other riders who dipped under the 1’50” mark were Michel Fabrizio (Ducati Xerox), and Fonsi Nieto (Suzuki Alstare) from Spain. Italian youngster Ayrton Badovini (Team Pedercini) also put in a good performance on last year’s Kawasaki machine to finish ninth, a fraction ahead of Noriyuki Haga (Yamaha Motor Italia WSB), while Alto Evolution Honda Superbike Shuhei Aoyama recorded one of his best performances so far this year with eleventh quickest time.

Both Max Neukirchner (Alstare Suzuki) and Max Biaggi (Sterilgarda Go Eleven Ducati) had a difficult start to their Miller Motorsports Park weekend, rounding off the top 16 provisional Superpole qualifiers. Alstare Suzuki’s German rider was fifteenth, with Biaggi a tenth of a second and one place behind in sixteenth after an off-track excursion.

It is worth mentioning that the top speed on the over 1 kilometre straight, the longest on the WSBK calendar, was recorded by Nieto (Suzuki) in 305.8 km / 189 mph and that no crashes were recorded throughout the session.

World Superbike – Friday Q1
1. Bayliss T. (AUS) Ducati 1098 F08 1'49.394
2. Corser T. (AUS) Yamaha YZF-R1 1'49.636
3. Checa C. (ESP) Honda CBR1000RR 1'49.732
4. Smrz J. (CZE) Ducati 1098 RS 08 1'49.758
5. Fabrizio M. (ITA) Ducati 1098 F08 1'49.872
6. Nieto F. (ESP) Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'49.895
7. Kagayama Y. (JPN) Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'50.135
8. Xaus R. (ESP) Ducati 1098 RS 08 1'50.230
9. Badovini A. (ITA) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'50.269
10. Haga N. (JPN) Yamaha YZF-R1 1'50.349
11. Aoyama S. (JPN) Honda CBR1000RR 1'50.413
12. Tamada M. (JPN) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'50.439
13. Muggeridge K. (AUS) Honda CBR1000RR 1'50.481
14. Laconi R. (FRA) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'50.618
15. Neukirchner M. (GER) Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'50.929
16. Biaggi M. (ITA) Ducati 1098 RS 08 1'51.077

Carlos Checa was in complete control this weekend as World Superbike made its triuphant return to America.

Checa notches up his first Superpole at Miller Motorsports Park
Toole, Saturday 31 May 2008 - In a prelude of things to come, Carlos Checa (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) notched up the first Superpole of his short Superbike World Championship career at the Miller Motorsports Park in Utah. The 35 year-old Spanish rider, in just his sixth race, powered his Honda CBR1000RR to a new outright record time of 1 minute 48.193 seconds around the spectacular 4.907 kilometre circuit. Just three tenths behind was recent Monza round winner, the German Max Neukirchner on his Suzuki Alstare GSX-R1000. The front row of the grid was completed by the Ducati Xerox factory pairing of Troy Bayliss and Michel Fabrizio on their 1098 F08 machines.

Carlos Checa: “We worked well today, I had an incident this morning so there is always something to improve and something to fix. But finally I was so concentrated in the lap I did, I tried to be as clean and effective as possible. I know that I was able to be in the 48s but I didn’t expect 48 low and when I saw that time it was a great surprise and a great satisfaction to be on the pole for the first time. Now the start tomorrow is the next step we need to improve! I will try to do a good race tomorrow, for sure we have some chance of winning because we have shown our potential in the last few races, and especially here. The bike is now working well and I’m also confident with the tyres, so you never know.”

Max Neukirchner: “I’m really happy about the position and I think I did a great lap. I had some problems yesterday with the chassis and in particular I was losing a lot of time in the final split, but we found a good way to improve and we were much quicker than yesterday. I think we found a good race set-up and I hope I’m tomorrow I’m in front. Here on this track it’s going to be really hard, the times are very close and I’m sure it’ll be a big fight.”

Troy Bayliss: "It was the best time I've done here at the Miller Motorsports track so far and I thought maybe my time would be good enough but I was actually half a second off in the end. It's always a good challenge coming to a new track and it will undoubtedly make for great racing. Everyone was riding well this afternoon in Superpole and Carlos (Checa) rode an incredible lap. Having said that, our weekend is progressing positively too, the bike is working well, the track is great and so things are looking good for tomorrow's races.

Michel Fabrizio: "I am very happy as to start from the first row for the second time this season is a great feeling. We will see tomorrow, I will have to fight for positions at the front against several very strong riders but this at least means that we'll be seeing some great racing. We've made some good progress between the sessions of yesterday and today and so I'm pretty confident for tomorrow. With regard to strategy for the races, I prefer to simply say 'no comment'!"

Troy Corser (Yamaha Motor Italia WSB) had been quickest after the two qualifying sessions but was unable to repeat his performance in the one-lap Superpole session and just missed out on the front row of the grid by a fraction. Lining up alongside the Australian will be Spain’s Ruben Xaus (Sterilgarda Go Eleven Ducati), Regis Laconi (Kawasaki PSG-1 Corse) from France and Japan’s Yukio Kagayama (Suzuki Alstare).

The third row of the grid for the two races is headed by Max Biaggi (Sterilgarda Go Eleven Ducati), who put in a good performance despite still recovering from his recent injury. The Italian finished a couple of tenths of a second ahead of a courageous Noriyuki Haga (Yamaha Motor Italia WSB), who took part in Superpole with a broken right collarbone following a crash in the morning’s qualifying session.

Superbike - Superpole
1. Checa C. (ESP) Honda CBR1000RR 1'48.193;
2. Neukirchner M. (GER) Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'48.504;
3. Bayliss T. (AUS) Ducati 1098 F08 1'48.604;
4. Fabrizio M. (ITA) Ducati 1098 F08 1'48.800;
5. Corser T. (AUS) Yamaha YZF-R1 1'48.975;
6. Xaus R. (ESP) Ducati 1098 RS 08 1'49.181;
7. Laconi R. (FRA) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'49.206;
8. Kagayama Y. (JPN) Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'49.394;
9. Biaggi M. (ITA) Ducati 1098 RS 08 1'49.479;
10. Haga N. (JPN) Yamaha YZF-R1 1'49.735;
11. Smrz J. (CZE) Ducati 1098 RS 08 1'49.784;
12. Muggeridge K. (AUS) Honda CBR1000RR 1'49.858;
13. Nieto F. (ESP) Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'49.942;
14. Aoyama S. (JPN) Honda CBR1000RR 1'50.007;
15. Lanzi L. (ITA) Ducati 1098 RS 08 1'50.446;
16. Badovini A. (ITA) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'50.807

Carlos Checa is on Top of the World inSunday's Superbike
Sunday June 1st, Race Day - It was a day of celebration for the HANNspree Ten Kate Honda team as Carlos Checa scooped the double victory at the sixth round of the HANNspree Superbike World Championship at Salt Lake City. Thirty-five-year-old Checa signalled his intent to score a good result at the Utah circuit by setting a blistering 1’48.193 lap on Saturday to clinch his first pole position ahead of Sunday’s 20 and 21-lap Superbike races.

Troy Bayliss took the start of both races into Turn One at the vast Miller Motorsports complex.

Race One - Bayliss and Haga Crash Out, Checa Reels in on Neukirchner

The supposed 21-lap race actually ran to 20 laps, after the start was delayed for a few minutes when 2 riders at the back of the grid were out of place, and in the time it took to move them, the front row riders like Bayliss had stalled their bikes. This necessitated a complete restaging of the grid with mechanics and rear wheel starters, and then another warm up lap before the race finally did start.

Troy Bayliss took the start with his Ducati and found himself racing for the lead with Neukircher, when on the 2nd lap Bayliss lost the front end in a corner and crashed hard, puting himself out of the race. Neukircher would continue on to dominate the lead of both of the day's races in the early laps, but then fade back as Troy Corser (Fortuna Yamaha), Checa and Michelle Fabrizio (Ducati Zerox) becan turning thir quickest times later in the races.

Checa kept his nerve after two of his main rivals, Troy Bayliss and Noriyuki Haga, crashed out of contention in separate incidents. Checa himself had crashed in qualifying, but overcame his bumps and bruises to reassert his championship threat once more.

After a poor start from his pole position the grid, Checa was back at the front of the pack by the fourth lap, and at half race distance had pulled out an impressive 3.667-second advantage on second placed Max Neukirchner. The experienced Spaniard then maintained his consistent riding style for the remainder of race distance to take his maiden World Superbike victory.

Troy Corser, 2nd - "For the first race weekend this season I feel the bike is mine. The team have worked really hard and we’ve now got a package I’m enjoying. All season we’ve been struggling with grip, so it’s really good to have grip and be able to ride the bike hard. Life was more then interesting going into turn one for the first time in race one and there was an awful lot of action and touching. I think Checa and I collided or maybe I hit him, I’m not sure, but somehow I stayed on the bike. When Bayliss went down right in front of me, I was trying to work out which way to go to avoid him and his bike. I knew if I went to the right I’d be in the dirt and could easily fall myself. Fortunately there was just about enough space to miss him and the bike, but it was a close thing! After that, it was very hard passing Max and once I’d got passed him, Checa was too far off to do anything about. I was happy to finish second and get on the podium and happy with the bike."

Max Neukirchner, 4th- "I'm very happy today, but I am destroyed! It's been a hot, long, hard day and the races were very tough. Early in race one, Biaggi braked too late for the first turn and I had to change direction which cost me some time and places. I was also very close to Bayliss when he crashed and I think I'm lucky not to hit him or his bike. I soon settled into a rhythm and began to charge again, but in the latter part of the race I had some front tyre problems and I couldn't attack the leaders as I wanted.

SUPERBIKE Race 1: (Laps 20 = 98,140 Km)
Pos / Rider / Nat. / Team / Gap
1 / C. CHECA / ESP / Honda CBR1000RR / Hannspree Ten Kate Honda / 37'04.991
2 / T. CORSER / AUS / Yamaha YZF-R1 / Yamaha Motor Italia WSB / 2.809
3 / M.FABRIZIO / ITA / Ducati 1098 F08 / Ducati Xerox Team / 6.546
4 / M.NEUKIRCHNER / GER / Suzuki GSX-R1000 / Team Alstare Suzuki / 7.764
5 / F. NIETO / ESP / Suzuki GSX-R1000 / Team Suzuki Alstare / 16.475
6 / J. SMRZ / CZE / Ducati 1098 RS 08 / Guandalini Racing by Grifo's / 17.126
7 / K. MUGGERIDGE / AUS / Honda CBR1000RR / D.F. Racing / 17.284
8 / Y. KAGAYAMA / JPN / Suzuki GSX-R1000 / Team Suzuki Alstare / 17.416
9 / M.BIAGGI / ITA / Ducati 1098 RS 08 / Sterilgarda Go Eleven / 18.117
10 / R. KIYONARI / JPN / Honda CBR1000RR / Hannspree Ten Kate Honda / 20.467
11 / L. LANZI / ITA / Ducati 1098 RS 08 / R.G. Team / 21.742
12 / K. SOFUOGLU / TUR / Jr. Honda CBR1000RR / Hannspree Ten Kate Honda / 27.533
13 / G.LAVILLA / ESP / Honda CBR1000RR / Ventaxia VK Honda / 32.609
14 / R. XAUS / ESP / Ducati 1098 RS 08 / Sterilgarda Go Eleven / 33.165
15 / R. HOLLAND / AUS / Honda CBR1000RR / D.F. Racing - Bertocchi / 34.182
Fastest Lap 4° Carlos Checa 1'50.091 160,460 Km/h

Checa eads Bayliss, Corser, Biaggi and Haga down through Miller's own version of the Laguna Seca Corkscrew.

Race Two - Checa Has Miller Dialed

In the second race, again Championship points leader Troy Baylliss saw his hole shot and early race lead all for nothing as the usually reliable 1098F08 suffered some sort of technical problem that foreced him to the pit garage for a lengthy stop. Checa hit the front on lap nine after passing Corser and Neukircher again, and eased away to record a margin of victory of 3.5 seconds, easing up at the finish to take a maximum 50 points for his day’s work.

Team Alstare Suzuki rider Max Neukirchner continued his good run of form with a hard-fought fourth place in race one at the Miller Motorsports Park today before following it up runner-up spot in race two. He was at the forefront in both races; had to give way to Carlos Checa (Honda) both times; but knows that his next victory is only a matter of time.

Team Suzuki Alstare riders Fonsi Nieto and Yukio Kagayama finished fifth and eighth respectively in race one and then reversed the positions in race two. Series leader Troy Bayliss had a day to forget - he crashed out of race one and finished out of the points in race two after being forced to pit and have his gearlever repaired.

Carlos Checa, Both Race Winner said: “It’s been fantastic to take a double win here in the USA. Just at the start of the first race I had some problems with my number one bike and had to use the second one. I felt I had a good start, but then saw the other riders in front of me I knew I had to work hard. When I saw Neukirchner in front I knew I could overtake him and take the lead. In the beginning it was difficult to make a gap, but then I made enough ground. It then was more difficult to control my mind than control the tyre. At the end of the race Corser was catching up and I had to concentrate and improve my pace. The last time I won a race was ten years ago and these are my first wins outside Spain. I would like to dedicate them to my friend Wayne Rainey.”

Max Neukirchner - Race 1: 4th, Race 2: 2nd: "I'm very happy today, but I am destroyed! It's been a hot, long, hard day and the races were very tough. Early in race one, Biaggi braked too late for the first turn and I had to change direction which cost me some time and places. I was also very close to Bayliss when he crashed and I think I'm lucky not to hit him or his bike. I soon settled into a rhythm and began to charge again, but in the latter part of the race I had some front tyre problems and I couldn't attack the leaders as I wanted. We changed the bike a little for race two, because I had been having some problems entering the turns in the first race and the bike was better, but Checa got away again and was too far ahead to catch. Considering the problems we had at the start of the weekend, I am happy. I have the best team in the paddock: They worked so hard for me and I want to thank them for these good results"

Troy Corser - Race 1: 2nd, Race 2: DNF - "Obviously I am disappointed with the result in race two, but I’m happy because finally the bike is working the way I want and I’m really enjoying riding it.

For the first race weekend this season I feel the bike is mine. The team have worked really hard and we’ve now got a package I’m enjoying. All season we’ve been struggling with grip, so it’s really good to have grip and be able to ride the bike hard. Life was more then interesting going into turn one for the first time in race one and there was an awful lot of action and touching. I think Checa and I collided or maybe I hit him, I’m not sure, but somehow I stayed on the bike. When Bayliss went down right in front of me, I was trying to work out which way to go to avoid him and his bike. I knew if I went to the right I’d be in the dirt and could easily fall myself. Fortunately there was just about enough space to miss him and the bike, but it was a close thing! After that, it was very hard passing Max and once I’d got passed him, Checa was too far off to do anything about. I was happy to finish second and get on the podium and happy with the bike.

In race two, I was having to push hard in the turns to make up for what we were losing on the straights, but I honestly don’t think I did anything different on the 16th lap when I crashed. There was no warning at all - the front went and then the back immediately. I tried to restart, but the gear lever and footpegs were missing, so that was that. I was disappointed because I knew that I was all set for third place at least, but I am happy with how the feeling of the bike now is and I hope this feeling continues back in Europe. I’ve got to say that it’s great to see my team mate Nori do so well and finish sixth after breaking his collarbone yesterday. We always knew he was crazy!

Troy Bayliss (Race 1 - DNF, Race 2 - 22nd) - Having made a blistering start to both Race 1 and Race 2, Bayliss unfortunately came off during lap four of the first race and then suffered a technical problem with his 1098 F08's gear lever during the second. - "I am really disappointed with today's results of course. In race 1 I crashed in a similar way to how I went down yesterday, which was a bit strange. Having said that, my weekend had been going ok until Race 1 and I was feeling pretty positive ahead of Race 2. Although I got a good start, after a few laps something came loose with the gear shifter so I had to come in. We sorted it quickly enough that I thought I might as well go out and ride, even if it was impossible to get points. I was going well out there but I was too far behind to make up any places. It goes without saying that after all our hard work this weekend I'm really disappointed that we've given away 50 championship points in one weekend."

Michel Fabrizio (Race 1 - 3rd, Race 2 - 3rd) - In Race 1 Michel found himself going from fourth place on the grid down to fourteenth place before making an exceptional comeback to finish the race on the podium, in third place. Race 2 was almost an exact replica, as Michel once again dropped back to twelfth position before battling back to take an impressive third place on the podium for the second time today. - "Obviously I am extremely happy with today's results. In Race 1 I had a gear problem on the start-line which caused a race restart but thanks to the great work of my team I was able to start (the restarted Race 1) without incident. On the first lap I went right down to fourteenth position but worked my way up the field, stayed calm and was very satisfied to take third. In Race 2 I again had to make up a lot of positions and although I'm happy with third, I was hoping to be able to give Carlos more of a run for his money. It was hard work today, the heat and altitude here makes it a really physical challenge, and the last laps of both races were a struggle."

Max Neukirchner, 2nd: "We changed the bike a little for race two, because I had been having some problems entering the turns in the first race and the bike was better, but Checa got away again and was too far ahead to catch. Considering the problems we had at the start of the weekend, I am happy. I have the best team in the paddock: They worked so hard for me and I want to thank them for these good results"

SUPERBIKE Race 2: (Laps 18 = 104,274 Km)
Pos / Rider / Nat. / Team / Gap
1 / C. CHECA / ESP / Honda CBR1000RR / Hannspree Ten Kate Honda / 38'44.105
2 / M.NEUKIRCHNER / GER / Suzuki GSX-R1000 / Team Alstare Suzuki / 3.547
3 / M.FABRIZIO / ITA / Ducati 1098 F08 / Ducati Xerox Team / 6.613
4 / M.BIAGGI / ITA / Ducati 1098 RS 08 / Sterilgarda Go Eleven / 7.878
5 / Y. KAGAYAMA / JPN / Suzuki GSX-R1000 / Team Suzuki Alstare / 10.568
6 / N.HAGA / JPN / Yamaha YZF-R1 / Yamaha Motor Italia WSB / 11.539
7 / R. KIYONARI / JPN / Honda CBR1000RR / Hannspree Ten Kate Honda / 18.381
8 / F. NIETO / ESP / Suzuki GSX-R1000 / Team Suzuki Alstare / 20.646
9 / R. LACONI / FRA / Kawasaki ZX-10R / Kawasaki PSG-1 Corse / 21.264
10 / L. LANZI / ITA / Ducati 1098 RS 08 / R.G. Team / 24.863
11 / K. MUGGERIDGE / AUS / Honda CBR1000RR / D.F. Racing / 25.672
12 / A. BADOVINI / ITA / Kawasaki ZX-10R / Team Pedercini / 31.711
13 / M.TAMADA / JPN / Kawasaki ZX-10R / Kawasaki PSG-1 Corse / 35.628
14 / K. SOFUOGLU / TUR / Jr. Honda CBR1000RR / Hannspree Ten Kate Honda / 42.816
15 / G.LAVILLA / ESP / Honda CBR1000RR / Ventaxia VK Honda / 45.034

Fastest Lap 11° Carlos Checa 1'49.703 161,028 Km/h
Lap record (New record) : 2008 Carlos Checa 1'50.091 160,460 Km/h
Best Lap: 2008 Carlos Checa 1'48.193 163,270 Km/h

Riders Championship Standings:
1 BAYLISS 194, 2 CHECA 166, 3 NEUKIRCHNER 144, 4 NIETO 126, 5 HAGA 122,
6 CORSER 121, 7 XAUS 92, 8 FABRIZIO 87, 9 BIAGGI 85, 10 KIYONARI 80,
11 KAGAYAMA 73, 12 LAVILLA 63, 13 LANZI 60, 14 SMRZ 51, 15 MUGGERIDGE 49.

Carlos and team owner Ronald Ten Kate on the MIller podium

FIM World MotoGP Championship, Gran Premio d'Italia Alice Round 6 of 18

Rossi extends World Championship Lead with 7th Mugello win
Gran Premio d'Italia Alice, LeMans, France, June 1st - Amidst blazing sunshine and starting from pole position at a track where he had been untouchable for the past six years, Valentino Rossi claimed a third consecutive victory of the season in the Gran Premio d´Italia Alice.

The script had been written, but it was still up to the Fiat Yamaha rider to perform when the lights went out. Taking the lead from 2007 World Champion Casey Stoner on the fourth lap, Rossi then set about creating a gap between himself and the chasing pack. He did so with a series of increasingly faster times, and eventually crossed the line with a comfortable advantage for Mugello premier class victory number seven. His rivals must now wait another year to attempt to dethrone the `King of Mugello´.

The supporting cast to the Rossi show was headed by Ducati Marlboro rider Stoner, on the podium at Mugello for only the second time in his Grand Prix career. The result helps Stoner make up ground in the MotoGP standings, in which he maintains fourth place but narrows the gap between himself and Jorge Lorenzo.

Second in the World Championship, Dani Pedrosa completed the podium places, having got off to a fantastic start courtesy of his Repsol Honda RC212V. The Spaniard will next week be chasing victory on home soil in Catalunya.

A best result of 2008 for Alex de Angelis was another reason for Italian fans –who had seen home victories in all three classes- to be cheerful, with the San Carlo Honda Gresini man taking fourth place. The San Marino-born rider was riding what was effectively his local race, and had shown his cards early with the fastest time in the morning warmup.

The Tech 3 Yamaha duo of Colin Edwards and James Toseland were fifth and sixth respectively, ahead of Rizla Suzuki´s front row starter Loris Capirossi and Italian JiR Team Scot rookie Andrea Dovizioso.

Before the halfway point there were a number of riders withdrawing from the action. First out were Marco Melandri and Randy de Puniet, both sliding off track whilst battling amongst themselves. They were followed by Kawasaki rider John Hopkins and, in a blow to his world title chances, second Fiat Yamaha rider Lorenzo. A lowside by the Spaniard left him with a DNF mark by his name for the first time in his MotoGP career.

Valentino Rossi (Fiat Yamaha)1st - "It's a great feeling, like always. A lot of my family and close friends have come to see me. I tried to push hard and my Yamaha and Brigestone worked very well, right to the end. During part of the race I was faster than Stoner, but he came back and made me work hard. It´s wonderful to be on the podium with two very strong riders."

Casey Stoner (Ducati Marlboro Team) 2nd - "I was disappointed not to be on the podium in my first race here for Ducati last season so this makes up for it and it's a chance for me to say 'thank you' to Ducati and all the Ducatisti for their support. We've had some problems over the first few races of this season but at Le Mans and here we've found a more comfortable set-up and a bike that is really competitive. Today was an awesome race. I led from the start but I didn't want to push too hard because the front tyre took a few laps to bed in. Valentino came past in a section of the circuit where I was losing a little bit too much time - I was trying to make it up around the rest of the track but pushed it too much into turn one, ran wide and lost touch with Valentino. We knew the setting of the bike would be more suited to the final few laps and we expected to be strong but unfortunately I'd fallen a little bit too far behind. Even so, second place is a great result and it gives us a real boost going to Catalunya."

Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda) 3rd - “That was a really tough race because Valentino’s pace was very, very fast. I got a good start and the rhythm was really high, at first I was able to go with them, then I had a battle with Casey. I tried to catch him at the end but it was impossible. It was great to be on the podium, it's a good result for the Championship, but while consistency is always important, we need to win more races. The engine was good today, our main concern now is tyre consistency during the second part of races. I was losing the front towards the end of today’s race, so tyres are what we must focus on.”

MotoGP Race Results: (23 laps = 120.635 km)
Pos/ Rider / Nat / Team / Motorcycle / Time/ KM/H / Gap
1 / Valentino ROSSI / ITA / Fiat Yamaha Team / YAMAHA / 42'31.153 / 170.231 /
2 / Casey STONER / AUS / Ducati Marlboro Team / DUCATI / 42'33.354 / 170.084 / 2.201
3 / Dani PEDROSA / SPA / Repsol Honda Team / HONDA / 42'36.020 / 169.907 / 4.867
4 / Alex DE ANGELIS / RSM / San Carlo Honda Gresini / HONDA / 42'37.466 / 169.811 / 6.313
5 / Colin EDWARDS / USA / Tech 3 Yamaha / YAMAHA / 42'43.683 / 169.399 / 12.530
6 / James TOSELAND / GBR / Tech 3 Yamaha / YAMAHA / 42'44.959 / 169.314 / 13.806
7 / Loris CAPIROSSI / ITA / Rizla Suzuki MotoGP / SUZUKI / 42'45.600 / 169.272 / 14.447
8 / Andrea DOVIZIOSO / ITA / JiR Team Scot MotoGP / HONDA / 42'46.472 / 169.215 / 15.319
9 / Shinya NAKANO / JPN / San Carlo Honda Gresini / HONDA / 42'46.480 / 169.214 / 15.327
10 / Chris VERMEULEN / AUS / Rizla Suzuki MotoGP / SUZUKI / 43'01.938 / 168.201 / 30.785
11 / Sylvain GUINTOLI / FRA / Alice Team / DUCATI / 43'10.774 / 167.627 / 39.621
12 / Toni ELIAS / SPA / Alice Team / DUCATI / 43'21.174 / 166.957 / 50.021
13 / Nicky HAYDEN / USA / Repsol Honda Team / HONDA / 43'21.593 / 166.930 / 50.440
14 / Tadayuki OKADA / JPN / Repsol Honda Team / HONDA / 43'30.002 / 166.392 / 58.849
15 / Anthony WEST / AUS / Kawasaki Racing Team / KAWASAKI / 43'31.889 / 166.272 / 1'00.736

Pole Position: Valentino ROSSI 1'48.130 174.623 Km/h
Fastest Lap (New record): Casey STONER 1'50.003 171.649 Km/h Lap 5
Circuit Record Lap: Max BIAGGI 1'50.117 171.472 Km/h 2005
Circuit Best Lap: Valentino ROSSI 1'48.130 174.623 Km/h 2008

World Championship Positions:
1 ROSSI 122, 2 PEDROSA 110, 3 LORENZO 94, 4 STONER 76, 5 EDWARDS 58,
11 VERMEULEN 31, 12 HOPKINS 26, 13 DE ANGELIS 24, 14 MELANDRI 24, 15 ELIAS 24.

250cc to Simoncelli on Gillera
Marco Simoncelli provided the home fans with their second Italian victory of the day in the 250cc class, his first in the quarter litre category. Involved in a two-way fight with Hector Barbera for the duration of the race, a home straight crash by the Spaniard left the last lap decidedly more comfortable for the Metis Gilera rider.

Simoncelli and Barbera had exchanged harsh words and almost come to blows at last year´s visit to Mugello, but they left their latest clash until the start of the final lap. Trailing the eventual race winner, Barbera clipped his rival´s bike and was thrown off his own in a 100th Grand Prix heartbreak for the Team Toth rider.

The fall elevated Lotus Aprilia´s Alex Debon to second place, with the Le Mans racewinner himself involved in a duel with Thomas Luthi over the course of the 21 lap showdown. Missing out on second place, Luthi contented himself with a first podium in the 250cc class, from eighth on the grid.

Crashes from the likes of early leader Alvaro Bautista and front pack runners Hector Faubel, Lukas Pesek, Manuel Poggiali and Yuki Takahashi gave a welcome boost to World Championship leader Mika Kallio. The Red Bull KTM rider had a second consecutive race off the podium at a difficult track for his Austrian machinery, but still holds the advantage in the quarter litre class courtesy of fourth place.

Polaris World´s Mattia Pasini and second Metis Gilera man Roberto Locatelli added to the home presence in the top six. Cardion AB´s Czech rider Karel Abraham took a best dry result of seventh place, whilst Hiroshi Aoyama ran wide on the final lap battling with teammate Kallio and dropped down the order. Aleix Espargaro and Ratthapark Wilairot completed the first ten past the chequered flag.

250cc Race Results: (21 laps = 110.145 km)
Pos / Rider / Nat / Team / Motorcycle / Time / KM/H / Gap
1 / Marco SIMONCELLI / ITA / Metis Gilera / GILERA / 40'19.910 / 163.858 /
2 / Alex DEBON / SPA / Lotus Aprilia / APRILIA / 40'20.409 / 163.824 / 0.499
3 / Thomas LUTHI / SWI / Emmi - Caffe Latte / APRILIA / 40'20.622 / 163.809 / 0.712
4 / Mika KALLIO / FIN / Red Bull KTM 250 / KTM / 40'27.313 / 163.358 / 7.403
5 / Mattia PASINI / ITA / Polaris World / APRILIA / 40'32.452 / 163.013 / 12.542
6 / Roberto LOCATELLI / ITA / Metis Gilera / GILERA / 40'32.700 / 162.996 / 12.790
7 / Karel ABRAHAM / CZE / Cardion AB Motoracing / APRILIA / 40'36.024 / 162.774 / 16.114
8 / Hiroshi AOYAMA / JPN / Red Bull KTM 250 / KTM / 40'37.226 / 162.693 / 17.316
9 / Aleix ESPARGARO / SPA / Lotus Aprilia / APRILIA / 40'39.552 / 162.538 / 19.642
10 / Ratthapark WILAIROT / THA / Thai Honda PTT SAG / HONDA / 40'39.614 / 162.534 / 19.704
11 / Julian SIMON / SPA / Repsol KTM 250cc / KTM / 40'39.661 / 162.531 / 19.751
12 / Alex BALDOLINI / ITA / Matteoni Racing / APRILIA / 41'07.270 / 160.712 / 47.360
13 / Eugene LAVERTY / IRL / Blusens Aprilia / APRILIA / 41'07.332 / 160.708 / 47.422
14 / Fabrizio LAI / ITA / Campetella Racing / GILERA / 41'33.333 / 159.032 / 1'13.423
15 / Imre TOTH / HUN / Team Toth Aprilia / APRILIA / 41'45.801 / 158.241 / 1'25.891

Pole Position: Hector BARBERA 1'52.675 167.579 Km/h
Fastest Lap (New record): Marco SIMONCELLI 1'39.666 151.164 Km/h Lap 26
Circuit Record Lap: Hector BARBERA 1'54.061 165.542 Km/h 2007
Circuit Best Lap: Hector BARBERA 1'52.675 167.579 Km/h 2008

World Championship Positions:
1 KALLIO 106, 2 PASINI 88, 3 DEBON 79, 4 SIMONCELLI 78, 5 AOYAMA 61,
11 LUTHI 35, 12 LOCATELLI 34, 13 WILAIROT 25, 14 FAUBEL 25, 15 ABRAHAM 21.

AMA Superbike Championship at Miller Motorsports Park, Round 5 of 11

Spies Doubles Miller AMA Superbike
Miller Motorsports Park, Toole, UT, Saturday May 31st and Sunday June 1st, 2008 - Team Rockstar Mikita Yoshimuras Suzuki's Ben Spies scored unchalenged victories in both Saturday and Sunday's rounds of the AMA Superbike Championship at Miller Motorsports Park held in conjunction with the World Superbike Weened.American. Monster Kawasaki's ZX-10 mounted Jamie Hacking placed 2nd both races, while Honda’s Neil Hodgson scored a double podium for the Honda CBR1000RR in 3rd.

The race was the first ever for World Superbike at Miller Motorsports Park, but with a twist: World Superbike riders raced on the 3.06-mile Perimeter Course, while the AMA Superbike riders raced on the 4.486-mile Full Course. Both courses have a European feel, with long flowing corners and no stop-start corners. The Full Course has 23 turns, where the Honda CBR1000RR can show its versatility. And the 3500-foot straightaway is the longest on the World Superbike calendar, which lets the 1000 stretch its legs.

The defending AMA Superbike Champion won Sunday's 14-lap race, after having already won Saturday's race - and capturing pole position for the weekend. Sunday's result marks the two-time AMA Superbike Champion's 24th career AMA Superbike victory and increases his standings in the overall championship.

Rockstar Makita Suzuki team mate Mat Mladin was right behind Spies off the start but he was overtaken over the course of the race and finished in fourth position and holds second place in the overall championship.

Ben Spies: "After the first few laps I saw I had a gap on Mat, but I knew Jamie Hacking would be strong after doing so well yesterday. So I just tried to put in some good laps on the Rockstar Makita Suzuki GSX-R1000. I tried to keep the gap the same and just bring home the win in the end. Everything was good this weekend and I've got to thank my crew for giving me such a good bike in the Suzuki. This weekend definitely helped us out in the whole championship points-chase. What we've been doing this year has worked so far. We've won six in a row and we're going for that elusive seven. That's a record I definitely want… so we're going for
it at Road America. We'll see how it goes. We're definitely going to give it a go and just try to keep winning races."

Mat Mladin: "I was looking forward to a good race with Ben today and my Rockstar Makita Suzuki GSX-R1000 was working fine. But I reckon yesterday's crash banged me up a little bit more than I thought. There's nothing seriously wrong or anything but I was pretty stiff and not 100 per cent. I'm not making any excuses; we just didn't get it done today. Now I'm just going to focus on rebuilding my confidence for next week's race at Road America where we won a race last year and have had some success in the past."

Hodgson ran second for more than half of Saturday’s Superbike race before being passed by Jamie Hacking (Kawasaki) on the 10th of 14 laps, but not before the pair had literally rubbed elbows. That came after Hodgson collected a tire mark on the thigh of his leathers as the result of another close encounter.

Hodgson saw that Hacking had chosen a different tire on Saturday, so on Sunday, he was better prepared. He first passed six-time AMA Superbike Champion Mat Mladin (Suzuki) for second and was drawing a bead on the race leader when he again came under attack from Hacking. This time Hacking made the pass on lap eight of 14 and held Hodgson off for the duration.

For Hodgson, who worked as a test rider and didn’t race last year, it was a long overdue return to the podium and he savored it in front of his former World Superbike brethren - “Yeah, it did, it made it more sweet” to podium for the World Superbike crowd, he said. “It just proved that I’m not just slogging around over here in America trying to earn some money. I’m out here racing, going as hard as I can.”

Duhamel ran fourth on Saturday before being passed by Hacking on his march to second. The next day he battled Aaron Yates (Suzuki) to the flag, coming up short by less than a second.

Still, it was the best weekend to date for the American Honda team and a hopeful sign of things to come. Next weekend’s race is at another high speed track, Road America, where Hondas have done well in the past.

Neil Hodgson, 3rd, 3rd - "Yeah, I knew where Jamie (Hacking) was going to be on the track so I was just reaching across trying to block him like you do in racing. I think he squared the corner up before me and just got a better drive out of it, so there was nothing I could do and he got the inside line. Like I said, I like rubbing elbows with Jamie (Hacking) because I know him really well and he’s a good friend and we’ve done a bit of training together in the past. Don’t get me wrong, we still want to beat each other, but it’s nice that you know no one’s going to do something stupid. On Sunday, I just copied what Jamie (Hacking) ran yesterday, because obviously his tire looked better after the race. I had no big problems, really, just felt like that was the limit for me, really. I didn’t want to throw away the third place. I couldn’t go with Jamie, so I was happy to get the points and build on this weekend."

Miguel Duhamel 5th, 6th - "Saturday was really good. We hit a good set-up and some of that came over from Neil (Hodgson), for sure, and that was good for us. And we put that set-up in this morning and qualified with it and raced with it and had a really good result. I felt pretty good about being able to keep the guys in sight. I was pretty pleased with that. today we tried to make it a little bit better and we addressed some things. But the warm-up this morning was called off. We only did one lap. It was the same for everybody. We tried to make it better and we made it…I’ll say the famous saying; “Same but different.” And I was having trouble adjusting to it. Just the front end, I was having a little trouble feeling the front end as far as that confidence, I was losing it. And we put a little bit more spring in it so the front end was rising up a bit. So we were trying to address some braking issues yesterday we had, but the bike was good yesterday. Obviously if we raced again I’d just go back to what I raced yesterday. I should’ve been able to get Aaron (Yates). We had more speed that he did. I tried, but he rode a good race and got us for fifth."

Saturday Superbike:
1. Ben Spies (Suzuki)
2. Jamie Hacking (Kawasaki)
3. Neil Hodgson (Honda)
4. Aaron Yates (Suzuki)
5. Miguel Duhamel (Honda)
6. Eric Bostrom (Yamaha)
7. Jason DiSalvo (Yamaha)
8. Chris Peris (Suzuki)
9. David Anthony (Suzuki)
10. Scott Jensen (Suzuki)
Sunday Superbike:
1. Ben Spies (Suzuki)
2. Jamie Hacking (Kawasaki)
3. Neil Hodgson (Honda)
4. Mat Mladin (Suzuki)
5. Aaron Yates (Suzuki)
6. Miguel Duhamel (Honda)
7. Geoff May (Suzuki)
8. Jason DiSalvo (Yamaha)
9. Eric Bostrom (Yamaha)
10. Chris Peris (Suzuki)
Championship Standings:
1. Ben Spies (Suzuki) 308
2. Mat Mladin (Suzuki) 269
3. Neil Hodgson (Honda) 239
4. Jamie Hacking (Kawasaki) 234
5. Jason DiSalvo (Yamaha) 222
6. Eric Bostrom (Yamaha) 205
7. Miguel Duhamel (Honda) 187
8. Aaron Yates (Suzuki) 186
9. Matt Lynn (Honda) 158
10. Geoff May (Suzuki) 153

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AMA Superbike Champ Ben Spies introduced to the SBK Superbike Team Managers at Miller World Superbike
The hottest unsigned talent for the 2009 season is America's reigning 2-time Superbike Champ Ben Spies. On Saturday afternoon at the combined AMA / SBK Superbike Weekend at Miller Motorsports we saw SBK Project Leader Paolo Chabatti walking Ben Spies down pit lane to the factory team garages, with paolo introducing Ben to all the principal factory team managers. In particular they had a nice little chat with Davide Tardozzi at Ducati Corse.

Ben Spies is unsigned for the 2009 season and the AMA Champ is ready to make his move to the world roadracing arena for 2009. He is already confirmed by Team Suzuki for the 2 MotoGP rounds this summer in America as their wild card entry in what s certainly a tryout for the Suzuki MotoGP Team.

But there are are a lot of opportunities for Spies in World Superbike in 2009 as well, what with the pending retirement of Troy Bayliss from the front running Ducati Corse team, and all new teams being fielded by BMW and Aprilia. Only an established team though, like Ducati , Alstare Suzuki or Yamaha Italy an provide Spies with a race proven bike from the start.

The question for Ben Spies is, will he be drawn to the glamour and big money in MotoGP where most previous Superbike champions have struggled mid-pack. Or will he step up to World Superbike where the transition is easier and their is a much better chance of winning the first season?

It probably won't be until after his Suzuki MotoGP wild card rides at Laguna Seca in July and Indianapolis in September that anyone, including Ben himself, will know where he feels most comfortable and competitive. And if he also needs to also teat with a World Superbike team like Ducati who needs an American star to replace Bayliss to further increase bike sales in Ducati's biggest market.

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Boulder Ducati, among many new teams ,
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June 2nd - The resurgence of World Superbike popularity continues to grow with Boulder Ducati, CO, announcing that it will field a 2-rider team aboard Ducati 1098RS bikes in the 2009 Championship. This is in addition to the all new factory teams and bikes arriving in 2009 from BMW and Aprilia.

Boulder Ducati intends to run its new 2-rider team from a base in Italy (close to the Ducati factory in Bologna?) with one American rider and one experienced European on the team. The American rider being mentioned is Jake Zemke. While the Eupopean rider might be former Ducati Corse team rider Lorenzi Lanzi, now racing for the RG Ducati team which may not be funded for 2009.

Other teams which might possibly join the World Superbike grid in 2009 include twoof the otp teams in the British Superbike Championship. GSE Racing will come for sure if the BSC throws out the 1200cc Ducati bike fromthe class. While Neil Hodgson's old team the HM Plant are talking of returning with 2 british riders as well.

Any way you look at it, the current 32-rider grid limit in SBK World Superbike will easily be exceed in 2009, from its current level of 29 riders making the trip across the pond to race a Miller Motorsports this past weekend, to possibly a packed grid of 40 riders.

For comparrision in MotoGP, the huge expense and lack of available factry spec equiment for privateerr teams has that series struggling to keep 19 riders on the grid.

After the spec tire rule in World Superbike chased off all the Japanese teams 3 years ago, the practicality has proven itself, and now all the Japanes end even more privateer teams s are back in World Superbke in record numbers.

DMG Closer to Formulating Mew Rues for AMA Superbike
June 2nd - Daytona Motorsports Group, the new owners of AMA professional roadracing, are close to finalizing and announcing their new classes and equipment rules for the American roadracing championships 2009.

The word is all the classes including 1000cc Superbike will be restricted to stock production bikes, with the ony available modifications being bolt-on parts like an Exhaust System which a class Sponsor will have to pay a licensing fee, similar to the spec tire rule in World Superbike with Pirelli signing a 3-year contract and licensing fee to get an excluvise for the Championship.

As we pointed out in our recent Pit Board Editorial, we do not think the dumbing down of the bike specifications in AMA Superbike, in particualr, will turn around the class and spectator interest. Instead it will kill it altogether if DMG does not follow the World Superbike rules and classes.

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Ben Spies will make his Grand Prix debut at Laguna Seca in July, with a further ride at Indianapolis, it has been confirmed.

Rizla Suzuki have confirmed the participation of Ben Spies at two of this year´s MotoGP rounds on a third GSV-R, making official a decision widely anticipated throughout the paddock.

AMA Superbike champion Spies has tested the Suzuki 800cc machine on one previous occasion, with an extensive test carried out in a `journalistic´ capacity the Monday after the 2007 season-closer in Valencia. Feedback was positive, and since then his involvement in the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix and inaugural Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix was spoken of as if it was a done deal.

This Thursday Paul Denning from Rizla Suzuki gave a definitive `yes´ to the question of Spies´ involvement alongside regular riders Chris Vermeulen and Loris Capirossi, and explained the reasons behind the drafting in of the American.

`We´re quite excited to be able to officially discuss the fact that Ben will be riding a third Rizla Suzuki bike at both Laguna Seca and Indianapolis,´ said the Briton, eager to see what Spies can do at both tracks.

`It will be very interesting to see where Ben can run, given the fact that nobody has ridden at Indianapolis. He´ll have done a couple of days testing as per his role as a wildcard rider for Bridgestone before that.

`Laguna Seca is a track at which he is particularly good; it´s where he won the championship in the AMA last year with his ride there. For Suzuki he´s a great rider with a good attitude and work ethic, who´s been with Suzuki all his professional career.´

The presence of Spies, and the chance that fellow American Roger Lee Hayden will also be on track for both dates as part of Kawasaki´s wild card allocation, mean that the home presence will be beefed up for the Stateside sojourns. Whilst Spies´ profile is high in America, Denning does not see the decision to ride the newcomer at these specific tracks as a commercial move.

`Choosing Ben to ride in America made a lot of sense; not necessarily from a marketing point of view, but from the fact that he´ll be out of his comfort zone to start with being on a MotoGP bike. We´ll be able to assess him better after three days at Laguna, where he´s familiar with the track.´

Yamaha Signs Women's European Champ Nina Prinz for German Superbike Championship
Yamaha has long recognized that not only many women ride motorcycles, but that they like to ride fast on a race track too. The most recent proof comes in the shape of current Womens’ Road Racing European Champion in the 1000 class Nina Prinz, who will team up with Yamaha in 2008.

Twenty-five-year-old Nina, from Mannheim/Leutkirch in Germany, won all three 2007 European Women Championship races sanctioned by the UEM (European Motorcycle Union). This success landed her with the opportunity to defend her title on Yamaha’s YZF-R1 Superbike flagship, which she will race for the first time at Misano (I) on 13 April, then Assen (NL) on 15 June and the final Championship round will be held at Albacete (ESP) on 12 October.
Nina and her R1 will also be competing in the male-dominated IDM German Superbike Championship for Team Yamaha Motor Germany, riding alongside former 2000 World Supersport champion Jörg Teuchert and Polish rider Andrzej Pawalec.

On her signing Nina says; “I am very please to have signed with Yamaha for this season! During my first two outings on the R1 at Misano and during the Yamaha Race Training in Valencia last week, I was really impressed by the bike in terms of power and stability. The team has prepared a perfect bike for me and being part of this outfit hopefully enables me to progress further. With experienced riders as Jörg aboard, I can really learn a lot. Both championships are very competitive but my goal is to score as many points as possible in the IDM and consolidate my championship title status in the Womens Championship this year. The fact that Yamaha actively supports female riders is a very positive development for the sport and for us women in particular!”

Nina got into motorcycle racing via minibikes and got really serious when she entered the national ADAC Junior Cup in Germany in 2000. Since then she has graduated through National Supersport racing, improving all the time, before adding some IDM Superbike experience and European Womens’ Championship rides to her portfolio in 2006. Nina simply dominated the 2007 UEM series.

Nina is the second female star that is officially supported by Yamaha. Reigning FIM Motocross Women’s World Cup champion Katherine Prumm from New Zealand will race on a Yamaha YZ250F in the newly established 2008 Women Motocross World Championship. Both Nina and Katherine hope to continue their success with Yamaha and contribute to the increasing popularity of female motorcycle riding and competition.

Dorna Denied Changing from 250cc 2-strokes to 600cc 4-stroke Production Engines in MotoGP - will consider alternatives
June 6th - This coming week the GP Comission will meet to consider what type of formula might or will replace the current 250cc GP 2-storke class. Honda has been pushing for this change, in part, because 2-stoke engines are no longer enviromently friendly and hence, Honda no longer sells 2-stroke bikes, plus the European manufacturers including Aprilia, KTM and Gilera have been dominating the class for years.

Dorna, the organizers of MotoGp, have been trying to puch for using 600cc production based 4-stroke engines in their newly proposed class, but FGS Sport, the owners of World Superbike whch has it own 600cc production bike classes, has been able to verify with the FIM that it holds the exclusive rights to any production bike or production engined class.

Right now, everyone is in a quandry of what to do. Dorna has proposed a new 625cc prototype 4-strokes class, which would be extreamely expensive for each manufacturer, Honda might like to build a spec engine for all the teams which would certainly elimate the European bike manufacturers from the class. And another more sensible suggestion is to make it a 400cc 2-stroke class where many manufacturers doup cut a 4-cyclinder 800cc MotoGP bike engine in half to achieve a 400cc twin. This might be the best solutin as the European manufacturers could apply that technology to future street bikes.

Whater is decided, the future for the 250cc GP class with 2-strokes engines is pretty much dead.

World Supersport age limit
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Championship is expect to adopt a 32 year odl age limit for its riders in 2010. This will allow upcoming privateers a better chance to get a ride, not having to compete for factory rides with more experiened rides who may have moved back down from World Superbike.