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Japanese Take Out! Reigning British Champ Kiyonari Grabs Sensational Double World Superbike Wins at Brands Hatch
Brands Hatch, Great Britain, Aug 1st-3rd 2008 - Ryuichi Kiyonari (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) crowned a triumphant week of racing with two sensational wins in the tenth round of the HANNspree FIM Superbike World Championship at Brands Hatch in front of 97,000 spectators, just a few days after winning the Suzuka 8 Hours endurance race in Japan. The 25 year-old, reigning British Superbike Champion, got the better of Troy Bayliss (Ducati Xerox) in Race One, before completing a day of triumph with a second win over Noriyuki Haga (Yamaha Motor Italia WSB) in Race Two.

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A trio of Japanese riders hit the front in the first qualifying session for round 10 of the HANNspree FIM Superbike World Championship at Brands Hatch, with two-times British Superbike champion Ryuichi Kiyonari clocking a time of 1 minute 26.017 seconds to take provisional pole.

The Hannspree Ten Kate Honda man, who also won the Suzuka 8 Hours a few days ago, was just a fraction ahead of his fellow countryman Noriyuki Haga (Yamaha Motor Italia WSB), second quickest today despite a late trip into the gravel. Suzuki Alstare’s Yukio Kagayama set a similar time to Haga to grab the third slot, while Italian Max Biaggi (Sterilgarda Go Eleven Ducati) was a further fraction of a second behind to complete the provisional front row.

Czech Republic’s Jakub Smrz (Guandalini Ducati) was in front of another former BSB champion, Gregorio Lavilla (VentAxia VK Honda) in sixth, with the two Australians, Troy Corser (Yamaha Motor Italia WSB) and Karl Muggeridge (DFX Honda) seventh and eighth.

Tom Sykes (Rizla Suzuki) looked impressive in his wild-card ride and was up amongst the front-runners for much of the session before ending in ninth place, ahead of the factory Suzuki Alstare machine of Fonsi Nieto in tenth and the Ducati Xerox pairing of Michel Fabrizio and Troy Bayliss, in eleventh and twelfth. Max Neukirchner (Alstare Suzuki) and Carlos Checa (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda), a Brands Hatch rookie, were both inside the top 16, who were all separated by just 1 second.

Saturday Times: 1. Kiyonari R. (JPN) Honda CBR1000RR 1'26.017; 2. Haga N. (JPN) Yamaha YZF-R1 1'26.144; 3. Kagayama Y. (JPN) Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'26.156; 4. Biaggi M. (ITA) Ducati 1098 RS 08 1'26.166; 5. Smrz J. (CZE) Ducati 1098 RS 08 1'26.290; 6. Lavilla G. (ESP) Honda CBR1000RR 1'26.441; 7. Corser T. (AUS) Yamaha YZF-R1 1'26.461; 8. Muggeridge K. (AUS) Honda CBR1000RR 1'26.565; 9. Sykes T. (GBR) Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'26.572; 10. Nieto F. (ESP) Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'26.582; 11. Fabrizio M. (ITA) Ducati 1098 F08 1'26.593; 12. Bayliss T. (AUS) Ducati 1098 F08 1'26.631; 13. Xaus R. (ESP) Ducati 1098 RS 08 1'26.753; 14. Neukirchner M. (GER) Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'26.830; 15. Rolfo R. (ITA) Honda CBR1000RR 1'26.921; 16. Checa C. (ESP) Honda CBR1000RR 1'27.020.

Wet Saturday Superpole Causes Mass Confusion
Just before the start of Superpole, rain began to fall on the Brands Hatch circuit and so the organisers decided that the 16-rider shoot-out would be a “Wet Superpole”, giving the riders 50 minutes and a maximum of twelve laps to set their fastest lap times. Team Suzuki Alstare rider Yukio Kagayama was one of the few riders to venture out on the wet track, whilst most of the others stayed in their pitboxes waiting to see if the rain would stop and the track dry out for the end of the session. The rain did stop, the sun came out and the track dried sufficiently for everybody to use slicks at the end of the session. Not everybody was able to take advantage of the improved conditions at the end and the last five minutes were filled with confusion and frantic tyre changing. In the end, Team Alstare Suzuki rider Max Neukirchner qualified eighth fastest, with Team Suzuki Alstare riders Yukio Kagayama and Fonsi Nieto in ninth and tenth places respectively. Series leader Troy Bayliss (Ducati) took pole position, with Noriyuki Haga (Yamaha) second and Ryuichi Kiyonari (Honda) third.

Kiyonari (23) makes his pass for the lead on Bayliss going into Druid's Bend.

Race One

Bayliss led for most of the race with Kiyonari right behind but the Honda man passed the points leader on lap 22 and held on for the win. Second place went to Bayliss and third to Max Biaggi (Sterilgarda Go Eleven Ducati), who was the fastest rider on the track in the final stages after making up more than 3 seconds on the leaders in eight laps. At the flag Kiyonari, Bayliss and Biaggi were separated by two-tenths. Two Suzukis were next up, with Yukio Kagayama fourth and Fonsi Nieto fifth, while Max Neukirchner finished seventh after being passed by Carlos Checa (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) towards the end.

The British Superbike wildcard riders have Brands dialed, like Tom Sykes on the Riza Suzuki who was running in 3rd in Race Once vbeforte hling a radiator, and came back to finish 7th in Race Two. The BSB Championship runs under SBK rules (unlikne AMA/DMG in America) which helps make Britain's home World Superbike round more exciting for the fans.

It was a disappointing race for the factory Yamaha team, with Troy Corser only managing eighth and Noriyuki Haga crashing out while fighting for the top positions. British wild-card Tom Sykes (Rizla Suzuki) was also running well but had to retire with a holed radiator while in third. It was a disappointing race for Michel Fabrizio (Ducati Xerox) in twelfth, while Ruben Xaus (Sterilgarda Go Eleven Ducati) was weakened by flu and failed to take the start.

Honda of Japan factory rider and reigning British Superbike champ Koyonari returned home to has adopted country to reap his just rewards and tease his advicaries Bayliss and Biaggi.

Ryuichi Kiyonari (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda): "I am very happy today, I started badly in the early laps but my bike had a really good set-up so I could keep lapping in 1m26s laps. Then I pushed and pushed and finally I got the win."

Troy Bayliss (Ducati Xerox): "I was feeling quite comfortable for most of the race and everything was working quite well, but I haven't actually spent much time racing with Kiyonari and wasn't sure how it was going to pan out. He was very strong on the first split and when he came past I would have been very happy for second, but when he did I realized he was in the same trouble as me. Then I saw Max coming so fast and had to push really hard and it became a bit of a dogfight towards the end."

Max Biaggi (Sterilgarda Go Eleven Ducati): "I'm quite satisfied with the result. I started good then went backwards as some other riders came through. The first laps were very hard, then I got into a good rhythm and overtook one by one. At the end I couldn't believe I came close to these two guys, but there was not enough time to try and take Troy or Kiyonari, but it was a good race."

Race One Results: 1. Kiyonari R. (JPN) Honda CBR1000RR 36'18.607 (152,933 kph); 2. Bayliss T. (AUS) Ducati 1098 F08 0.137; 3. Biaggi M. (ITA) Ducati 1098 RS 08 0.180; 4. Kagayama Y. (JPN) Suzuki GSX-R1000 5.733; 5. Nieto F. (ESP) Suzuki GSX-R1000 6.499; 6. Checa C. (ESP) Honda CBR1000RR 6.984; 7. Neukirchner M. (GER) Suzuki GSX-R1000 8.300; 8. Corser T. (AUS) Yamaha YZF-R1 10.732; 9. Smrz J. (CZE) Ducati 1098 RS 08 16.547; 10. Rolfo R. (ITA) Honda CBR1000RR 16.569; 11. Lanzi L. (ITA) Ducati 1098 RS 08 18.366; 12. Fabrizio M. (ITA) Ducati 1098 F08 22.308; 13. Sofuoglu K. (TUR) Honda CBR1000RR 26.788; 14. Lavilla G. (ESP) Honda CBR1000RR 26.856; 15. Walker C. (GBR) Honda CBR1000RR 32.877; 16. Muggeridge K. (AUS) Honda CBR1000RR 38.329.

Troy Baylis lead both starts from Pole, here up Hailwood Hill and into Druids ahead of Haga, Kiyonari and Corser

Race Two
The second race also had a Japanese take-out flavour about it as Kiyonari powered ahead to win from Haga after a race-long battle. The final podium slot went to Troy Corser (Yamaha Motor Italia WSB), who ran a steady race but was unable to challenge the top pair, while Neukirchner scored a good result in fourth. The German finished ahead of his team-mate Nieto, who passed Fabrizio on the last lap, while Sykes this time managed to hold off Checa for seventh. Bayliss was out of luck after changing to a different compound for Race Twon and could only finish eleventh, one place ahead of Biaggi, who dropped down to 28th position in the early stages after an off-track excursion.

Kiyonari had been overshadowed on the Ten Kate Hannespree team by Miller Motorsports doube winner Carlos Checa unitl this weekend.

Ryuichi Kiyonari (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda): "I'm very happy with this weekend. On Friday I was in first position in qualifying, then yesterday I set a good time in Superpole. It was the same today, with fast lap times and a double win. I had a lot of pressure with Nori behind me and many times I made a mistake but to win here at Brands Hatch was fantastic today."

Noriyuki Haga (Yamaha Motor Italia WSB): "I'm very happy for this result because in the first race the rear tyre was not so good and I was very disappointed. In the second race I just changed it and this tyre gave quite a good feeling. I make a battle with Kiyo but he was faster than me in some places and finally I was not able to catch him, but we made a really good race. Congratulations for Kiyo!"

Troy Corser (Yamaha Motor Italia WSB): "It was better than the first race, when we had a few tyre troubles but we made some changes to the bike which definitely improved it but there was no way I could run the pace of the guys at the front. They just pulled away. I had a bit of a battle with Bayliss and it took me a few laps to get past him, but I'm content with third. It'll do for now, but I'm looking forward to winning races again!"

Race Two Results: 1. Kiyonari R. (JPN) Honda CBR1000RR 36'14.904 (153,193 kph); 2. Haga N. (JPN) Yamaha YZF-R1 1.848; 3. Corser T. (AUS) Yamaha YZF-R1 8.883; 4. Neukirchner M. (GER) Suzuki GSX-R1000 11.180; 5. Nieto F. (ESP) Suzuki GSX-R1000 12.928; 6. Fabrizio M. (ITA) Ducati 1098 F08 13.696; 7. Sykes T. (GBR) Suzuki GSX-R1000 13.872; 8. Checa C. (ESP) Honda CBR1000RR 14.009; 9. Smrz J. (CZE) Ducati 1098 RS 08 19.065; 10. Lanzi L. (ITA) Ducati 1098 RS 08 19.864; 11. Bayliss T. (AUS) Ducati 1098 F08 20.479; 12. Biaggi M. (ITA) Ducati 1098 RS 08 20.621; 13. Lavilla G. (ESP) Honda CBR1000RR 20.722; 14. Rolfo R. (ITA) Honda CBR1000RR 24.512; 15. Walker C. (GBR) Honda CBR1000RR 32.090; 16. Laconi R. (FRA) Kawasaki ZX-10R 32.207.

Superbke Points (after 10 of 14 rounds): Riders - 1. Bayliss (Ducati) 334; 2. Neukirchner (Suzuki) 252; 3. Corser (Yamaha) 242; 4. Checa (Honda) 233; 5. Haga (Yamaha) 230; 6. Nieto (Suzuki) 183; 7. Biaggi (Ducati) 166; 8. Kiyonari (Honda) 165; 9. Fabrizio (Ducati) 161; 10. Xaus (Ducati) 148. Manufacturers - 1. Ducati 403; 2. Yamaha 345; 3. Suzuki 303; 4. Honda 297; 5. Kawasaki 64.

Troy Baylis leads the start from Pole,

FIM 600cc Supersport World Championship
The Supersport race was stopped on lap 16 when British rider Craig Jones (Parkalgar Racing Honda) crashed coming onto the pit straight, sustaining a serious head injury in the process. He was transferred to the Royal London Hospital by air ambulance for further assessment and treatment. Victory in the race went to Jonathan Rea (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda), his second in a row, ahead of the unfortunate Jones and Andrew Pitt (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda), who boosted his lead in the championship. Parkes (Yamaha World Supersport), Brookes (Hannspree Stiggy Motorsport Honda) and Veneman (RES Software Suzuki) took the next three places.

Results: 1. Rea J. (GBR) Honda CBR600RR 22'29.935 (148,087 kph); 2. Jones C. (GBR) Honda CBR600RR 0.209; 3. Pitt A. (AUS) Honda CBR600RR 0.664; 4. Parkes B. (AUS) Yamaha YZF-R6 2.816; 5. Brookes J. (AUS) Honda CBR600RR 6.789; 6. Veneman B. (NED) Suzuki GSX-R600 9.094; 7. Nannelli G. (ITA) Honda CBR600RR 15.048; 8. Roccoli M. (ITA) Yamaha YZF-R6 15.623.

Supersport Points (after 9 of 13 rounds): 1. Pitt (Honda) 149; 2. Rea (Honda) 117; 3. Parkes (Yamaha) 113; 4. Brookes (Honda) 112; 5. Jones (Honda) 100; 6. Foret (Yamaha) 97; 7. Lascorz (Honda) 83; 8. Harms (Honda) 50; etc.

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Mid Ohio Raceway, OH, Saturday Aug 3rd - Rockstar Makita Suzuki Factory Racing celebrated its 40th AMA Superbike win in a row at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, on Saturday as six-time AMA Superbike Champion Mat Mladin took the win. Mladin overcame a get-off and three red flags caused by numerous crashes to take this victory, which marks the Australian's 69th career AMA Superbike victory and his sixth win of the season.

Defending and two-time AMA Superbike Champion Ben Spies was recovering from a recent appendectomy but still started from pole position and followed Mladin home in second place as Tommy Hayden brought home an impressive fifth-place result.

The Mid-Ohio race was originally slated to be a 26-lap event, but the multiple red flags resulted in the race being abbreviated to 19 laps. The 3rd red flag was occured after the 2nd restart of the day when Malan was leading the opening lap and came under a spectaor bridge which was pouring water onto the track, possibly from a spectator's spilled cooler, with Mladin crashed uout hard as he unexpectled ran across the water. Another rider right behnd him also went down, but both were lucky to be able to make the 3rd restart and Mladin finally went on to take the day's win.

Mat Mladin: "It was a long day for everyone, with three red flags… but that's the way it goes sometimes. It was good to get the win today for the Rockstar Makita Suzuki crew. I would have preferred to have gotten a full 26- lap race in because we don't seem to do it very much here at Mid-Ohio. But I'm happy to get the win, and it was a good day for us."

Ben Spies: "The first section of the race was good, I got locked into third place and was pretty comfortable thern then the first red flag came out. In the re-start, everything worked out and then there was another red flag and another re-start. In the final bit of the race, I was comfortable on the Rockstar Makita Suzuki GSXR1000 and I was able to make a pass and get second, so I was pretty happy with that."

Sunday Marks Mat's 70th Career Win
Sunday Aug 4th
- Rockstar Makita Suzuki Factory Racing's Mat Mladin, Ben Spies and Kawasaki's Tommy Hayden replicated their impressive results from Saturday's AMA Superbike race in Sunday's final event at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. Six-time AMA Superbike Champion Mladin won again and in doing so celebrated his 70th career AMA Superbike victory and his seventh win this year. Defending two-time AMA Superbike Champion Ben Spies started from pole position and again followed Mladin home in second place while Rockstar Makita Suzuki team mate Tommy Hayden again brought home fifth.

Unlike Saturday's event, Sunday's was not plagued by red flags. The full 26-lap race saw Spies lead the first lap before being overtaken by Mladin. The two rode flawless races to finish on the podium. Hayden, likewise, rode a consistent race and brought home a strong result.

Mat Mladin: "It was a good race for us today. We got a decent start on the Rockstar Makita Suzuki GSX-R1000 and the guys got out there. I didn't want to let them get in a rhythm so I pushed past as quick as I could and wanted to set my pace. We made a couple changes this morning and I realised I had a bike that was
capable of going a little bit quicker than yesterday so I wanted to get out there and get the most out of it while I could. I opened up a gap and was able to hold on at the end."

Ben Spies: "We got a way better start than yesterday and I got into the lead and tried to go as quick as I could. Then Mat came by and I got in behind him and I was riding as hard as I could… But then I settled into a pace that was good for me. The Rockstar Makita Suzuki GSX-R1000 was working a little better today than
yesterday but we just didn't have the quick laps in the middle of the race. Overall, the bike was working a little bit better and I was feeling a little bit better too."

AMA Superbike Race I Saturday:
1. Mat Mladin (Rockstar Makita Suzuki)
2. Ben Spies (Rockstar Makita Suzuki)
3. Jamie Hacking (Kawasaki)
4. Jason DiSalvo (Yamaha)
5. Tommy Hayden (Rockstar Makita Suzuki)
6. Roger Hayden (Kawasaki)
7. Eric Bostrom (Yamaha)
8. Geoff May (Jordan Suzuki)
9. Chris Peris (Suzuki)

Superbike Race II Sunday
1. Mat Mladin (Rockstar Makita Suzuki)
2. Ben Spies (Rockstar Makita Suzuki)
3. Jamie Hacking (Kawasaki)
4. Neil Hodgson (Honda)
5. Tommy Hayden (Rockstar Makita Suzuki)
6. Miguel Duhamel (Honda)
7. Jason DiSalvo (Yamaha)
8. Geoff May (Suzuki)
9. Chris Peris (Suzuki)
10. Kenny Noyes (Suzuki)

Final DMG Class Structure Revealed for 2009 AMA Superbike
Saturday July 18th, Laguna Seca, CA - The Daytona Motorsports Group (DMG), which has completed its purchase of AMA Professional Racing and still doesn't have a media department, used the occasion of the AMA Superbike and MotoGP weekend at Laguna Seca Raceway to announce its fairly finalized classes for the 2009 race season and beyond. With major distributor teams like American Suzuki threatening to pull out of American racing if their showcase 1000cc Superbike Class was deleted as originally proposed, and organizations like the Motorcyle Industry Counci (MIC) making an announcement they want to find another series promoter for professional roadracing in America, the DMG has now relented and is saying (almost half-heartedly) they are keeping the AMA 100cc Superbike class going into 2009 and beyond.

Now here comes the confusing part, as DMG has yet to learn from the mistake of the AMA in giving their new class structure similar and confusing names. For 2009 and beyond there will be 3 different "Superbike Classes".

First, there's Factory Superbike - essentially the 2009-20010 rules previously agreed to by the now-defunct roadrace committee of AMA Pro Racing about a year ago: no spec tires, no spec fuel, no minimum production numbers, unlimited testing, Superpole qualifying for the top 10, and just one race for the weekend (which the factories still disagree with). And factory Superbike will be the final race of the day. DMG says they have been talking to FG Sport's chairman Maurizo Flammini and the bike technical specs will evolve to World Superbike specs by 2011.

Next is American Superbike - which is fairly similar to the FIM European Superstock 1000cc Class which is basically and aftermarket exhaust and shocks, spec tires and fuel. This is the best class for privateers as a stock Japanese superbike is fast and cheap.

And finally there's Daytona Superbike - embraced by the DMG with smaller 600cc sportbikes as the only ones that can race safely at lower speeds on the banked oval tracks like Daytona which the Group owns. However, the current AMA 600cc Formula Extreme Class rules will become highly restricted under DMG in an attempt to slow down their "premier class" to make it safer (with limited mods and horsepower dyno limits), have a larger entry field (more privateers) and closer racing (read boring).

There will also be the Red Bull AMA U.S. Rookies Cup and Sun Trust Moto-ST run at select events, which we won't cover and most fans won't care about, but DMG needs the sponsor and entrant money.

"I'm not really excited about the Daytona Superbike," said Suzuki's Mel Harris. "With all the restrictions put there. One of the reason we race, besides to sell product, is to develop technology. If we are going to be limited on horsepower and the the rules limit everything else, our engineers can't develop new and better products. The industry becomes stagnant. The thing that makes this industry go is new and exciting product."

Keith McCarty at Yamaha and Me Blank at Honda have the same view. "Our feelings that with the limitations on the 600class, it was a club racing feel to it," said Blank."I don't know if there is a desire in DMG's part to have factory participation there."

So as it stands right now, we have 3 confusingly named Superbike Classes for 2009, DMG still wants to promote the unpopular Daytona Superbike 600cc bikes as their premier class, while the most popular class with fans, Factory Superbike gets relegated to one short race at the end of the day. With the addition of Factory Superbike back into the program, things are better than previously proposed, but it still looks like it's doomed to failure in the downward spiral of professional sportbike racing in America.

I'd like to suggest they, the DMG, adopt the existing FIM World Superbike Championship classes right away in 2009 with World Superbike 1000cc, European Superstock 1000cc, and 600cc World Supersport. And let the current AMA class bikes run with, and morph into these World Classes until 2011, when they would all then need to comply with FIM class rules.

As for a DMG race weekend, the Red Bull AMA U.S. Rookies Cup and Sun Trust Moto-ST can be the filler races between Saturday practice and qualifying, but left off the schedule on Sunday. Then on Sunday the Factory Class definitely needs to get 2 separate heat races like World Superbike, with one race each for American Superbike and Daytona Superbike.

We saw at Miller Motorsports World Superbike this year, that the current AMA and SBK World Superbikes are very much on par with each other as is. And what you'd get right away is all the American factory based teams competing in all 3 classes with their current bikes right off the bat. While European manufacturers like Ducati would definitely be back in America with a factory Superbike in 2009, as might be Harley/MV Agusta, BMW and Aprilia. It's the only sensible thing to do, but as we've seen, just like the AMA before them, the DMG is not very sensible. - Jim Gianatsis

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S&S Cycle Dyno Master Kerry Bryant gives a big thumbs at trophy presentation next to (right) Andrew Demotte, son Kerry Bryant, American Tubro's Harry Gunusen and John Cabral, Jamie from Patrick Racing,Tod Silicato, plus Tom and John Olson from S&S and the Calendar Kittens with Kari Kimmel.

John Cabral's dramatic Turbo Power 500hp+ Engine Blow Up
on the S&S World Record Calendar Show Area-P Dyno!

2008 S&S World Record
LA Calendar Show Dyno Horsepower Shootout

LA Calendar Motorcycle Show Weekend, July 12-13th 2008, Queen Mary Event Park, Long Beach, CA -America’s premier motorcycle engine builders and and land speed record holders made their annual pilgrimage to the LA Calendar Motorcycle Show Weekend to prove just how strong their machines are at the S&S Cycle sponsored LA Calendar Motorcycle Show World Record Dyno Shootout produced each year by renoun exhaust system designer Kerry Bryant and his wife Jenny of Area-P / No Limits (AreaPnolimits.com). Records were flirted with all weekend in some 12 classes for Normally Aspirated stock and modified Metric Sportbikes and American V-Twins, as well as the ear shattering Turbo & Supercharged Gas & Fuel feed Metric and V-Twin Classes.

The most exciting and literally show stopping dyno run of thru weekend was John Cabrai’s "Big Boy" Busa, a unique entry into the Open Turbo/Nitrous Class. We don't see many big bore, heavy engine mod, turbos entered. Prior Calendar Show Dyno champion and event record holder John Noonan at 545 hp runs a completely different set-up more along the lines of stock bore and larger turbo. He has many proprietary secrets he uses to "boost" his numbers where he needs.

The S&S Cycle sponsored Calednar Bike Show World Record Dybo Shootout was cram backed with spectators and bikes all weekend!

John Cabral's "Big Boy" was also a little tired and had many years of use. But he wanted to defeat Noonan and was willing to pull the trigger to the max. The first "tune-up" run was in the 460 hp range. After some adjustments and discussions, the next run produced a mind boggling run of 484.77 hp before complete termination and spectacular detonation. Connecting rods were ejected out the front and bottom of the engine cases. All oil, coolant, along with aluminum, steel, and titanium components exited the engine cases and onto the dyno. Nobody was injured, although Show vender and participant Harry Gunusen from American Turbo Power (ATP-HD.com) did get sprayed with oil and coolant. We take great care with safety precautions, more so on the Turbo bikes, in securing the area prior to a run.

Safety areas are controlled, along with fire extinguishers at the ready, and action plan in place. These are serious machines, making numbers that are far beyond normal. Further analyzing the data logger from their machine, and the graph mapped from the run on our computer, the termination took place at 8500 rpm and power was still climbing. Since their max power is set at a rev-limiter of 9500 rpm, it is easy to assume that the run would easily exceeded the record of 545 hp. Possibly in the 560 hp range. They also did not have the boost setting maxed out. Another indication of the potential power this engine had to exceed the record.

Exhaust System designer Kerry Bryant from Area P / No Limits interviews a bike owner as his Harley gets ready to run on the Dyno.

It took about 30 minutes to clear and clean the metal debris, coolant and oil, on and around the dyno area. Some of the exploded material made it's way to one of the Dyno drum speed sensor circuit boards, causing a malfunction. With the help of Eric & Bob Bennett (Bennett's Performance Products) and Dyno operator (Kerry Bryant’s son Kenny), they were able to diagnose and trace the problem. When Kenny removed the circuit board, a hair-line crack was noted on the backside of one of the diodes. Very, very difficult to see. Eric Bennett graciously offered to loan us their circuit board sensor from their dyno located at their Long Beach facility. Kenny and Eric rushed over to the Bennett's Performance facility. The dyno was down approximately about 1 hour. It actually ended up being a good time to entertain the crowd with interviews from the engine staff of S&S Cycle, along with a question/answer trivia contest where we gave out free apparel to the crowd. They may have enjoyed this just as much as the Dyno runs. Kerry and his guest competitors actually do this through-out the weekend. This included Harry from American Turbo Power who donated a dozen T-shirts for the contestants, as did product engineers Tom and John from S&S Cycle.

Although there are many back-up systems in place (computers, printers,cables, fans, etc.), It was simply amazing that metal from the exploded engine could make it's way to the drum sensor. We never would have thought that was possible. But as we found out when we returned to our facility on Monday and completely disassembled the Dyno for detailing, there was still a lot of metal, coolant and oil through-out the unit. It took the better part of a day to completely detail it. Suffice to say, we will now be bringing along a spare sensor at future events. Even with the down time, Kerry Bryant was able to ran every single entry, and even stayed to run a few more only minutes prior to the Awards Presentation at 5pm Sunday afternoon. Kerry actually, lost his lead in the Sportster/Buell category to a last minute entry from Bennett's Performance! Maybe he should have closed the S&S dyno a few minutes earlier? Join them again next year at the S&S Cycle World Record LA Calendar Show Dyno Shootut July 18-19th 2009.

2008 S&S presents the World Record
LA Calendar Motorcycle Show Dyno Horsepower Shootout

Class Winners:
600cc Sportbike: Kelly Bryant - '07 Yamaha R6 - 113.3 hp
750cc Sportbike: Art Haserjian - '05 Suzuki GSXR750 - 121.87 hp
1000cc Sportbike: Kerry Bryant - '04 Kawasaki ZX10 - 161.4 hp
Open Sportbike: Thad Wiltz - '04 Kawasaki Hayabusa - 227.52 hp
Sportbike/Turbo: John Noonan - '03 Hayabusa - 490.63 hp
Sportster/Buell: Bennett's Performance '00 Special Const. S&S - 125.29 hp
V-Twin - 74 - 80": Mark Mignella - '04 Harley-Davidson V-Rod - 101.27 hp
V-Twin - 81 - 88": John Cabral - '08 Harley-Davidson V-Rod - 153.82 hp
V-Twin - 89 - 95": Andrew Demotte - '06 Harley-Davidson FLHX - 103.69 hp
V-Twin - 96 - 113": Patrick Racing - Harley-Davidson Twin Cam - 118.59 hp
V-Twin - 114" Plus: Bennett's Performance '96 Bonneville Bike - 223.00 hp
V-Twin/Turbo: John Cabral - '99 Harley-Davidson FLH Bagger - 233.78 hp

Reigning World Record Holder at 545hp back in 2005, John Noonan could only must 490hp this year with his big turbo Hayabuysa.

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Aug 3rd - During the FIM Supersport World Championship race at Brands Hatch today, rider Craig Jones (Team Parkalgar Honda) crashed at Clark Curve and appeared to be struck by a following rider, sustaining a serious head injury. The race was immediately stopped.

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August 4th - It is with great sadness that we report that Craig Jones, from the Parkalgar Honda World Supersport Championship team, did not recover from the serious head injury he suffered during Sunday's race at Brands Hatch.

One of Britian's top young new Superbike riders, Craig was leading a heated 9-rider battle for the SBK Supersport class at the Bruno round 2 weeks ago until slowed by bike problems. He was currently 5th in the overall Supersport Champinship standings.

With his family by his side, Jones passed away at 00.32 on Monday 4 August, while being treated in the Royal London Hospital.
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26th April Japan Motegi
3rd May Spain Jerez de la Frontera
17th May France Le Mans
31st May Italy Mugello
14th June Catalunya Catalunya
27th June Netherlands Assen**
5th July USA Laguna Seca***
19th July Germany Sachsenring
26th July Great Britain Donington Park
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18th October Australia Phillip Island
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July- August 2008 - The Duc Truck demo fleet has begun its yearly tour of North America—traveling all summer to Ducati dealerships across the nation. The Duc Truck demo fleet is your chance to get in the saddle and experience Ducati's 2008 model lineup first hand.

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