February 2010
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Page 3 - 2010 MotoGP Season Kicks Off
with 3-Day Test at Sepang • New Bimota DB8
Pollen, Ferraci, Gianatsis and the Ducati 888 Superbike
New Vyrus and Bimoto Ducati powered Superbikes

Inside the 2010 New Sportbikes: RoehrBMW S1000RR MV Agusta
  YamahaDucatiHondaSuzukiKTMAprilia RSVR
20th Anniversary Fast Dates World Superbike Calendar
Ducati 2010 MotoGP Press Introduction at Wroom
Pirelli Calendar goes topless with Victoria's Secret supermodels
• MotoGP to allow 1000cc Production Superbike Engines in 2012
• Ben Spies, Valentino Rossi take 2009 World Road Race Championships
2010 Crossbow Calendar Revealed!
• AMA/DMG 2009 Season Final New Jersey - Mladin's Last Good Bye
• Roehr Turbo Harley V-Rod Supebike - Calendar Kitten Apple bites it!
2009 LA Calendar Motorcycle Show Weekend Hot Bikes, Beautiful Girls
Shooting Fast Dates 2011! Calendar Kittens Attack Miller Superbike
• John Britten A Video Tribute to Motorcycling's Most Creative Innovator
High Speed World Superbike Feature Movie Drama Staring Sienna Miller
Edelweiss Motorcyclist Alps Challenge - 5 Counties in 7 Days!

Fast Dates Ducati Grid girl Sabella

Meet Sexy
Valentine Calendar Kitten

& Feb 2010 Playboy Playmate
Heather Rae Young

Heather rae young

Playboy's hottest new Playmates become Calendar Kittens to to rock 2010's Miller USA World Superbike and LA Calendar Motorcycle Show Weekends!
Los Angeles, CA, Feb 1st, 2010 - Playboy magazine's hottest new Playmates of the year 2010, Miss January Jamie Faith Edmonson, and Miss February Heather Rae Young have been confirmed by producer Jim Gianatsis to be our official SBK World Superbike Fast Dates Calendar Kittens at the Miller Motorsports USA World Superbike round in May to photograph the next Fast Dates Calendar with all the top factory team race bikes. The Kittens will also be hosting the LA Calendar Motorcycle Show at the Queen Mary Event Park in Long Beach July 18th.

Heather Rae has already been shooting with us since last fall and will be featured on the cover and inside of all three editions 2011 Fast Calendars which will be premiering at these events, and are now available to seewith heather posong on Ben Spies's factory Yamaha World Superbike in Members Corner. Heather is good friends with Jaime Faith and it didn't take much effort for Heather to convince us that Jaime needed to join us for both these exciting event weekends, both as Calendar models and hostesses. You can also see Heather's February Playboy pictorial in Members Corner.

Jaime (at right) recently was the fourteenth-season contestant on TV's "Amazing Race" who finished in second place with girlfriend Cara Rosenthal.

The 30-year-old former police officer and Miami Dolphins cheerleader from Ft. Lauderdale, FL said both she and Rosenthal were approached to appear in Playboy after The Amazing Race's fourteenth-season finale aired in May 2009.

"Cara had to say say "No". She's in law school and hopes to be governor someday," Edmondson said about Rosenthal before adding she "never saw this coming" for herself. "Here I find myself going to be on newsstands on my 31st birthday,"as Playboy's Miss January 2010.

Jaime spent last summer living at the Playboy Mansion to work on her photo shoot and participate in E!'s The Girls Next Door reality series.

Jaime faith Edmonson

Miller Motorsports Pulling Out All the Stops for World Superbike Weekend
Tickets on Sale Now with track concert by Foreigner, Styx, Kansas

Salt Lake City, Feb 11th, 2010 - This year’s visit to Utah by the HANNspree FIM Superbike World Championship will be the biggest and best yet, officials from Miller Motorsports Park announced in a press conference today. The event, which will take place over Memorial Day Weekend into Monday May 31st, will include a major classic-rock concert, a downtown street party at The Gateway outdoor mall, a stirring tribute to America’s military and a number of additional new features.
Like last year, the Memorial Day Weekend activities will begin on Friday, May 28th on the steps of the State Capitol and will feature team riders, sponsors, and track and elected officials. It is anticipated that Governor Gary Herbert will be in attendance and officially commence the festival weekend. The racers, on their race bikes, will then lead a parade of motorcycles, in which the motorcycle-riding public is invited to participate, to The Gateway, which will be closed to all but motorcycle traffic. The Gateway will be the site of a street party that will include live music, autograph sessions and stunt bike demonstrations to celebrate the weekend. Each brand of motorcycle will have its own reserved parking area.
Racing action will begin on Saturday, May 29, capped by a classic-rock concert at the track featuring Foreigner, Styx and Kansas (and a possible surprise addition to be named later), with fireworks at its conclusion. Racing will continue on Sunday and Monday, with the feature races for the Superbike World Championship and Supersport World Championship on Monday. The support races will be the second annual Larry H. Miller Superbike Challenge, with events for both the GTU and GTO classes.
Our nation’s military will be honored with a 2,010-flag Tribute Field in the track’s infield throughout the weekend. Other highlights will include demonstrations by the Lucas Oil Stunt Plane, stunt bike exhibitions, manufacturer displays and parking corrals, military flyovers and an expanded Vendor Village.
Single-day tickets are now on sale for the event. All tickets will include paddock access, and single-day Saturday tickets will include admission to the concert. Three-day discount ticket packages are available for Grandstand and General Admission guests. There will be expanded camping and RV opportunities this year at the Deseret Peak Recreational Complex next door to the track, and the complex’s outstanding aquatic center will be open for guests’ enjoyment.
“We are very excited about this year’s event,” said John Larson, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Miller Motorsports Park. “We have added a significant amount of entertainment to complement the outstanding racing provided by the HANNspree FIM Superbike World Championship. This will be the biggest international sporting event in Utah since the 2002 Olympic Winter Games and the beginning of a Memorial Day weekend tradition for families throughout Utah and the United States to enjoy.”
“The 2010 event at Miller Motorsports Park promises to be the most exciting U.S. round ever in the history of World Superbike,” said Paolo Ciabatti, Director of the HANNspree FIM Superbike World Championship. “Our championship will be returning to Utah this year with 26 permanent riders in the top class and 20 riders in World Supersport and with two young American stars: Roger Lee Hayden, riding a Kawasaki in World Superbike, and Jason DiSalvo riding for the factory Triumph team in World Supersport. We are extremely pleased to see all the thrilling activities that have been put together and are sure that fans from all over the country will come to Miller Motorsports Park in huge numbers to enjoy a fantastic Memorial Day weekend!”
To purchase tickets or for more information about the event, visit the dedicated event website at or call (435) 277-RACE (7223). For information regarding Miller Motorsports Park, call 435-277-RACE (7223) or visit the track’s website at

Valentino Rossi action photo sepang MotoGP TestThe reigning MotoGP World Champion topped the time sheets at Sepang.

2010 MotoGP World Championship

MotoGP Official Test at Sepang Ends with Rossi, Stoner on Top
Malaysia, Friday Feb 5th, 2010 - The first official MotoGP test of 2010 concluded in Malaysia on Friday, with Fiat Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi the fastest of the premier class riders across both days.

Wednesday was a day for test riders only, with the official MotoGP team riders having Thursday and Friday to work on their 2010 bikes. The weather played a part throughout Friday with conditions wet at the scheduled start of 9am local time, and for a period between 11am and 12pm there was little activity on track. Afternoon sunshine improved the situation after 1pm, when both Rossi and Ducati Marlboro rider Casey Stoner appeared.

Casey Stoner Ducati Sepang MotoGP Test photoCasey was 2nd quickest on the new Big Bang 800cc Desmosedici

Shaving 0.486s off his Thursday best time, World Champion Rossi’s 2’00.925 on the 20th of 32 laps on his factory YZR-M1 prototype was the only sub-2’01” time, as he left a gap of 0.395s to Stoner. The Australian was also second fastest to Rossi on Thursday, and Stoner’s 2’01.320 on Friday was over half a second quicker than his previous day’s time as he continued to feel the benefit of the Ducati Desmosedici GP10, which he says is very well balanced.

Valentino Rossi - Position: 1st Time: 2'00.925 Laps: 32
"After yesterday this second day has been very good as well, even though we lost a few hours to the rain, and the end we were still able to finish all our work. We worked on the new bike to find a better setting and I was happy to be the fastest overall - even though this is just testing this is important for me! At the next test we will have a few more new things but we're already happy because we're fast and strong. There is room to improve of course; Sepang is always a good track for the Yamaha so we will have to wait until Qatar to get a better understanding of our level, but we have made a great start."

Casey Stoner  (Ducati Marlboro Team) 2nd fastest,  2’01.320  (44 laps)
“We are quite happy with the test. Today didn’t start really well because of the rain and the wet track, which set us back a few hours, but when it finally did dry out we were able to make some progress. We have definitely improved the set-up of the bike, trying some different things with the swingarm. The lap times are still not where we want them to be and we have to work on taking another couple of tenths off on hard tyres, but to be consistently doing 2’01.9 or 2’02.0 laps is a decent pace. Considering that we are using a different engine to the one we’ve had for the last three years and some other new parts that we still need to get the best out of we certainly can’t be unhappy with where we’re at. There is work to do but we have two more test sessions before the season starts for real. In general I am really pleased with how it’s gone.”

Rossi’s team-mate and rival and the third quickest rider on Friday, Jorge Lorenzo, was 0.755s behind the Italian’s pace with a best of 2’01.680. The Spaniard was pleased with the general direction of the developments on his bike, and his fastest time was a marked improvement as he produced 60 laps, the most of any of the 17 riders on Friday.

Jorge Lorenzo - Position: 3rd Time: 2'01.680 Laps: 60
"I felt much better today and I was able to be fast straight away. It wasn't a big problem yesterday, it's just that after such a long break I forget how to ride a little bit! I need a bit of time, but it was much better today. I'm happy about my performance and about my feeling with the new bike. Yamaha have made good improvements without changing the best parts of the bike and this is the best way. They have made some good modifications to the chassis and the engine and this has already improved our pace. We don't have many days on the bike until the start of the season so we will make the most of the time here next month to continue our good work."

Dani Pedrosa knocked over a full second off his time as he made real progress on the RC212V. The Repsol Honda rider carried on working on Öhlins suspension, and was happy with the weight distribution as he recorded the fourth fastest lap of the day at 2’01.822.

Appearing to have recovered from the jetlag that made day one tough, Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Ben Spies was fifth on the sheet as he clocked in at 2’02.266 on Friday. The American achieved well over the half-second improvement he targeted following his first day, taking 0.876s off his time as he continued his acclimatisation to the M1.

Ben Spies - Position 5th Time: 2'02.266 Laps: 31
“I rode as good and as hard as I could considering how I've been feeling. I'm not wanting to make any excuses but I didn't feel really good with the jetlag. It was still a good test because I learned a lot about improving my riding and adapting my style to suit the Yamaha MotoGP bike. It is hard to break some of my old superbike habits at the moment but I made some big improvements in a couple of places on the track where I was really struggling, particularly in the braking. It started to feel more natural today and I got down to some decent times on race tyres. I was a second faster than the first day, so we made some good progress but this is a really difficult track to learn. This track is really long and really wide, but I got to a respectable pace. I've said it a load of times but it's a learning process and every lap I'm learning. My guys at Monster Yamaha Tech 3 though have been brilliant again. We're all putting in a lot of effort and I'm pleased with the steps I've made.”

Pedrosa’s team-mate Andrea Dovizioso’s work on his RC212V produced the sixth fastest time, as the Italian’s adaptation to new electronics allowed a lap of 2’02.272, whilst Colin Edwards (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) was 0.207s further down the timesheet after his positive reaction to the throttle on the new M1.

On their respective GP10 bikes Ducati Marlboro rider Nicky Hayden (2’02.493) and Pramac Racing’s Aleix Espargaró (2’02.647) both displayed progress, whilst Loris Capirossi of the Rizla Suzuki team was pleased with the three different types of chassis he tried out, registering at 2’02.763 after 48 laps. Marco Melandri (San Carlo Honda Gresini) completed 55 laps and was 11th fastest, with Héctor Barberá (Team Aspar), Randy de Puniet (LCR Honda) and Hiroshi Aoyama (Interwetten Honda MotoGP) following.

Marco Simoncelli experienced a highside on his RC212V around midday, but re-emerged by 3pm to continue uninjured. The San Carlo Honda Gresini man was 15th on the timesheet, with fellow rookie Álvaro Bautista (Rizla Suzuki) and Mika Kallio (Pramac Racing) next.

Sepang Circuit Record: Casey Stoner (Ducati - 2007) 2’02.108
Best Pole Position: Valentino Rossi (Yamaha - 2009), 2’00.518
Sepang Test Unofficial Lap Ttimes
1. Rossi (Yamaha) 2.00.925 (20 of 32)
2. Stoner (Ducati) 2.01.320 (34 of 44)
3. Lorenzo (Yamaha) 2.01.680 (27of 60)
4. Pedrosa (Honda) 2.01.822 (46 of 50)
5. Spies (Yamaha) 2.02.266 (17 of 31)
6. Dovizioso (Honda) 2.02.272 (46 of 56)
7. Edwards (Yamaha) 2.02.479 (38 of 42)

8.   Hayden (Ducati) 2.02.493 (30 of 64)
9.   Espargarò (Ducati) 2.02.647 (30 of 33)
10. Capirossi (Suzuki) 2.02.763 (25 of 48)
11. Melandri (Honda) 2.02.810 (49 of 55)
12. Barberà (Ducati) 2.03.032 (48 of 51)
13. De Puniet (Honda) 2.03.043 (30 of 48)
14. Aoyama (Honda) 2.03.195 (39 of 56)
15. Simoncelli (Honda) 2.03.245 (49 of 49)
16. Bautista (Suzuki) 2.03.274 (32 of 37)
17. Kallio (Ducati) 2.03.359 (46 of 53)

During the test, MSMA representatives met at the Sepang International Circuit to discuss the future engine rules for the MotoGP class. Back in December, following talks between MotoGP’s governing body the FIM, series rights holder Dorna Sports and the MSMA, the Grand Prix Commission agreed to change the maximum engine capacity of the MotoGP class to 1000cc for the 2012 season.

Dorna Sports CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta indicated the projected changes were received favourably, and that a further meeting to be held later this month in Barcelona should allow the opportunity for further definition of the new technical rules for the premier class.

Doug Plen, Eraldo Ferracci1991-1992 World Superbike and 1993 AMA Superbike Champions Doug Polen and Eraldo Ferracci. Photo curtesy
SBK World Superbike.

Legendary Ducati pairing get together for a super Superbike day for Ducati 1098 Buyers
Fast By Ferracci Ducati and Doug Polen Reunite for their 20th Anniversary

Willow Grove, PA Feb 4th, 2010– Twenty years ago in 1991 Doug Polen and tuner Eraldo Ferracci took the racing world by storm with their first of 2 World Superbike Championshp wins, followed by the 1993 AMA Superbike title, and to celebrate the anniversary the pair are offering a taste of what made them so successful to Ducatisti.

Doug Plen Fast by Ferracci Ducati 888 Superbike

Above: Jim Gianatsis photographed Doug Polen's 1993 AMA Superbike Championship winning Fast by Ferracci Ducati 888 at Sears Point Raceway that year with beautiful Paula Narez in Doug's race leathers for the 1995 Fast Dates Calendar. Doug raced the same and similar Ferracci 888 Superbikes to take the 1991 and 1992 World Superbike Championships.

In celebration of his long and successful history with Ducati, renowned race manager and tuner Eraldo Ferracci is offering 20 fans a unique and exciting opportunity. The first twenty individuals to purchase a new 2010 Ducati Superbike from Fast By Ferracci from now until March 31, 2010 will not only enjoy a free track day on August 16th at New Jersey Motorsports Park, but will receive VIP treatment including having the legendary tuner and Ducati Hall of Fame member as their personal technician for the day.
During this event, Ferracci will be reunited with three-time Superbike Champion and fellow Ducati Hall of Fame member Doug Polen, who will be the riding coach for the Fast By Ferracci VIP’s. In their time Ferracci and Polen proved to be a virtually unbeatable combination in Superbike racing. Twenty individuals will have the rare opportunity to benefit first-hand from their expertise.
“I’m looking forward to the event and spending time with Doug,” said Ferracci. “With all the memories coming back to me I’m getting pretty excited myself! We are going to have some fun come August!”
The VIP’s will also enjoy dinner with these two legends on the evening before the track day. Those familiar with Ferracci know that the menu will include entertaining stories, bench racing, and technical insight.
To purchase a 2010 Ducati Superbike and take part in this track day of legends, visit Fast by Ferracci in Willow Grove, PA. by March 31st. Fast by Ferracci is open Tuesday through Friday from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm and Saturday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.  For more information and directions, call us at (215) 657-1276 or visit us online at

Heather rae Younf Ducati 888 SuperbikeHeather Rae Young, Playboy Playmate February 2010 warms up our like new $7,200 Ebay special Ducati 888SPO. Click to go BIG

The Editor completes his 4 Generation Ducati Superbike Collection
by Jim Gianatsis, editor, photographer

Initially I was a big Japanese sportbike fan, having tested, owned and raced them since the sixties. In the early eighties I was at Moto-X Fox (Then the marketing arm for Fox Shox) and worked with Wes Cooley / Yoshimua Suzuki, and Eddie Lawson / Muzzy Kawasaki to help them win their National Superbike Championship titles with Fox Shox Suspension. In 1984 I built up a street legal Yoshimua Suzuki GS750 project bike that Motorcyclist Magazine tested and called it the best superbike they had ever ridden, even out performing the full-race National Championship winning Eddie Lawson factory superbike tested by Cycle magazine that year.

Wes Cooley Yoshimura Suzuki GS1000 Wes Cooley on the Fox sponsored new single shock Yoshimura Suzuki GS750, similar to my street legal project bike.

I really never thought much of the quirky, temperamental and underpowered Ducati sportbikes of that era. I did have the chance to ride the first generation Ducati 851/888 street sportbikes around 1990, but just wasn't impressed with their slow steering and not very exciting powerbands. Then one Sunday morning ride in 1993 my buddy Scott Reif, who worked at Honda HRC and had new bike brands for testing, let me ride the new Ducati 916 Superbike. The first corner I lean it into the bike took control and did everything for was so much better handling than anything I'd ridden before, and with the broad torquey power band, I was a converted Ducati believer for life. Within a few months I had purchased my own 916, but felt it was still in need of a little more power. A call to my friend Eraldo Ferracci, who then ran the Ducati AMA Superbike team, my 916 soon had a 955cc big bore kit, full Termignoni race exhaust system, cams, reprogrammed computer chip and Jerry Branch ported heads. Definitely the best sportbike of the era.

Troy Bayliss Ducati 998
Jim in the 2002 Ducati World Superbike pits with the Fast Dates Calendar Kittens, and World Champion Troy Bayliss with his first title winner, the 998 Testastretta Superbike.

In subsequent years my Ducati Superbike collection grew with the new 998R Testastretta engined Superbike of 2001, a 999R generation in 2005, and now the current generation 1198R model. Then to complete my collection with all four generations of Ducati Superbikes, I found on Ebay and immaculate like-new 1994 last production 888SPO limited edition model.

The latest generation 1098/1198 Testastretta engined models are the best yet, and make more power than one could ever use on the street. With the Full-race Termignoni exhaust and CPU the 1198R model is making around 200hp, close to what the intake restricted 1198F factory Corse bikes are currently running in World Superbike.

The production 1098/1198 and S model Superbikes with Ohlins suspension is the best value, with this one exception. To lower production costs on the latest generation 1098/1198 Superbikes, Ducati eliminated the adjustable 24.5° / 23.5° rake steering provided as standard on previous generation models, and still provided on the 1198R chassis required for racing homologation. The current base model 1098/1198 frames' steering angle is fixed at 24.5° just like the first generation 955/988 Superbikes and at this rake the bike is just too slow turning for the track or twisty canyon riding. Like the Ducati Corse factory teams I run my bikes at there quicker 23.5° where the handling is really flawless. When I asked Ducati why they eliminated the adjustable steering head from the base 1098/1198s they told me that 90% of their Superbike model owners never changed the adjustable steering head from the 24.5° degree setting they came with as stock from the factory, so they saw no need to continue it (those owners obviously weren't riding their bikes hard enough to know better). Note that other popular production superbikes like the GSXR and CBR do come standard with their frame steering head angles fixed at the quicker, better handling 23.5° setting.

Jim Gianatsis Ducati Superbike collectionThe editor and his four generations of the ultimate Ducati Superbikes. From left the 888SPO, 996/998R, 999R and 1098/1198R. Click to go BIG.

My professional duties these days include running my motorsports ad agency Gianatsis Design Associates and producing the World Superbike endorsed Fast Dates Racebike Swimsuit Model Calendars and Website. I shoot the Fast Dates Calendar at one of the World Superbike rounds each year, where the Calendar Kittens also serve as the official team Ducati Corse umbrella girls on race day for the Ducat team. The Calendars since 1990 have featured every generation Ducati World Superbike Championship winning bike from Doug Polen's 888 to Troy Corser, Carl Fogarty and Troy Bayliss 916/955/998 bikes, to Troy Bayliss' 999 and 1198 winners.

Jonthan Rea and the other British riders were the quickest all weekend in World Superbike testing.

2010 Hannspree World Superbike Championship

Jonthan Rea leads a 4 British Rider supremacy...
2010 World Superbike Season gets underway
with official testing at Portimao Spain

Portimao, Spain, January 22-24 2010 - Three days of official Infront Motor Sportspre-season testing at the Algarve Circuit in Portugal took place from Friday 22 to Sunday 24 January to herald the start of the 2010 Superbike World Championship. The Portuguese track, the venue for the final round of the 2009 season three months ago, will this year be the location for the year’s first European round in March for World Superbike and World Supersport action, and is being used this weekend by all the top teams and riders prepare for the coming season.

It was Ten Kate Honda's Jonathan Rea who powered to the best time at the end of the three-day official Superbike test session at Portimao. The Northern Ireland youngster’s time of 1 minute 42.270 seconds was quicker even than Ben Spies’ 2009 pole mark for Yamaha.
He and three other British riders: Ron Haslem, Shakey Burne and Cal Crutchlow wpould prove the quickesy all weekend aboard Japanese in-line four cylinder bikes, in both wet and dry conditions.

A total of fourteen hours of testing for World Superbike and nine for World Supersport were scheduled on the programme, with action starting at 8.30 am and concluding at 4.40 pm on all three days.
The full line-up of teams and riders is expected be communicated by SBK next week, as some privater teams have yet to confirm as they look for sponsorships.
The Complete Report HERE

Vyrus 987 C3 V4

New $77,500 Vyrus 987 C3 V4 Superbike
February 1st - Italian motorcycle manufacturer Vyrus recently revealed its latest piece of rolling superbike sculpture, the 987 C3 V4 naked superbike. The machine is has a better power to weight ratio than Suzuki’s Hayabusa, Ducati’s Desmosedici RR or Kawasaki’s ZZR1400. The new 4V revealed here is powered by Ducati's latest 170hp 1198cc Superbike engine and is the the lightest and most powerful of four Vyrus variants.

The base model 984 C3 2V comes with a 100 bhp two valve 1000DS air-cooled Ducati engine, weighs just 150 kg (a MotoGP bike weighs 148 kg) and sells for 33,400 euros (US$47,000).

Next is the 985 C3 4V, which weighs in at 157 kg, uses a 155 bhp 999R water-cooled Testastretta Ducati engine and costs 50,000 euros (US$70,500).


All new for 2010 and pictured here is the 987 C3 4V which weighs in at 155 kg/ 341 lbs., sells for a mere 55,000 euros (US$77,500) and uses the current water-cooled 1198/S (170hp) Ducati production Superbike engine producing 184 bhp with a race style exhaust system. The bike does not use a fame, but rather has lightweight billet plates bolted to the engine, to where the suspension and bodywork components are attached. All of the bodywork including the gas tank are made from carbon fibre to help reduce weight even further.
The front suspension is a single shock swingarm with center hub steering as pioneered by Bimota.

Vyrus 987 C3 V4Mostly show and not much go? Despite the light weight and potent power output, the Vyrus 983 is 30 pounds too light to race in a sanctioned Superbike class, the lack of a fairing reduces its top speed significantly, and the awkard sideways radiator placement without an air scoop and fans make the engine prone to overheating if ridden too slow or too fast.

Also claimed to be available is range-topping 987 C3 4V Supercharged which takes the 987 C3 4V and adds a supercharger for 10,000 euros more, just three kilograms more weight at 158kg/348 lbs, and 27 bhp for the title of being on of the world's the world’s fastest production motorcycles.


The Vyrus name, however might not sound familiar for most of you, but its background is extremely solid. The engineers of the company are experienced in high-class motorcycles, as many of them worked for companies like Ducati or Bimota. The company is headed up by Ascanio Rodorigo, a man who worked with the famed Massimo Tamburini at Bimota in the early '80s.

Tamburini’s son, Andrea, also has a little company company of own, and recently introduced the Tamburini T1, a bike based on one of the most beautiful naked bikes ever built, the MV Agusta Brutale.

Tamburini Corse T1Andrea Tamburini's Corse T1 takes his father's MV Agusta Brutle to a higher level with exoti corbon fibre bodywork and performance upgrades.

Bimota DB8 Superbike 2010

And the more affordable New 2010 Bimota DB8...
Rimini, Italy, February 1st - Despite the depressed economy with Japanese metric streetbike sales down nearly 60%, sportbike fans worldwide can rejoice with another exciting Superbike model joining the growing superbike market this year along with BMW and KTM. The new Bimoto DB8 Superbike gets to use the industry leading Ducati 1198 Testastretta engine in 170hp tune, hung from the usual beautiful Bimota billet machined aluminum and cromoly steel tube chassis. Claimed total weight (wet?) is 178kg / 392 lbs. The usual expensive Bimota construction materials like titanium and carbon fibre, have been substituted with plastic bodywork and a stainless steel exhaust system to help keep the bike more affordable in these tough economic times, but we still notice nice high end components like the Marchesini forged billet race wheels and Brembo mono block race brake calipers. It looks like you will still have to ante up for a slipper clutch, though. The DB8 is expected to retail for around $36,000.

Source: Ducati 1198 Testastretta Evoluzione, 4V 90°Twin-Cylinder
Displacement: 1198.4 cc
Cooling System: Liquid Cooled
Compression Ratio: 12.7±0.5:1
Maximum Power: 170 HP @ 9750 rpm
Maximum Torque: 96.9lbs•ft @ 8000 rpm
Exhaust System: 2-1-1, stainless steel

Front Brake: Double 320mm Brembo floating disc, 4-pistons radial Brembo callipers, radial pumps
Rear brake: 220mm floating disc, 2-piston Brembo calliper
Front Tire: 120/70 ZR 17 Dunlop Sportmax GP Racer
Rear Tire: 190/55 ZR 17 Dunlop Sportmax GP Racer

Frame: Welded 39NiCrMo4 Tubing and Machined 6082 Aluminium Alloy Plates
Wheelbase: 1435 mm
Front Suspension: Marzocchi USD forks DLC fully adjustable
Rear Suspension: Extreme Tech Monoshock fully adjustable
Fuel Tank: 4.23 gallons (1.05 gallon reserve)
Total Weight: 178kg (392lbs)
Steering Angle: 25°
Seat Height: 800 mm
Overall Length: 2100 mm
Overall Width: 700 mm
Overall Height: 1115 mm
Ground clearance: 135 mm

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New 2009-2010 World Superbike and Motocourse Yearbooks

If you are a real roadracing enthusiast, here's the next step in your library collection, the official 2009-2010 season roadracing annuals from SBK World Superbike and Motocourse. Both annuals are beautiful covetable quality books providing exciting race-by-race coverage in story and spectacular photography of the just completed 2009 Championships, along with rider and bike features, and a preview of the upcoming 2010 season.

The Motocourse Annual covers both MotoGP and World Superbike, as well as the Superbike Championships in top countries like Britain and the USA. While the Superbike Yearbook only covers World Superbike, it is our favorite of the two as it includes technical photo features of all the top factory bikes, a feature of the new World Champion which this past 2009 season was American Ben Spies, and it has great articles by World Superbike Press officer Julian Thomas.

Ducati Corse Racing Yearbook 2009 MotoGP,  World Superbike Also Available! 2009 Ducati Corse Yearbook
Produced by the Ducati factory in Italy, this is the complete account of the Ducati Corse factory race teams' 2009 season in both World Championship MotoGP and World Superbike. Get a detailed look at the factory GP09 race bikes and riders Casey Stoner and Nicky Hayden in MotoGP, and the factory 1198R with riders Noriyuki Haga and Michel Fabrizio. Complete race by race coverage of the season with all the best team media photography. A must have for any Ducati enthusiast.

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Jorge Lorenzo injures hand in training accident
Feb 12th - Fiat Yamaha Team rider Jorge Lorenzo has undergone surgery in his right hand following an accident whilst training near his home in Barcelona yesterday, Thursday 11th February.

The 22-year-old was riding his motocross bike at the practice course near Montmeló during a routine training session as part of his pre-season preparation. He fell in a slow corner, doing approximately 30km/h, and hurt his right hand as he landed.

He was taken immediately to the Capio Hospital General de Catalunya and found to have a fracture at the base of the first metacarpal and a displaced thumb. Dr. Augusto J. Casanovas made an open reduction and osteosynthesis with a small titanium plate. Lorenzo will require hand protection for four to six weeks.

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DAYTONA BEACH, FL (February 5, 2010) - AMA Pro Racing and the Daytona International Speedway are pleased to announce the comprehensive purse structure and schedule of events for the March 3-5 Daytona 200 Week at the world famous Daytona International Speedway.
The $225,000 total purse features an enhanced payout for the premier AMA Pro Racing National Guard American SuperBike class that will feature two races this year, the first of which will be on Thursday, March 4th and the new, second race on Friday, March 5th.  The two 15-lap races will feature purse payouts being paid from 1st to 15th place.
The historic Daytona 200 AMA Pro Racing Daytona SportBike presented by AMSOIL race will be once again held under the lights on Friday night, March 5th.  The 57-lap race will feature prize money for 1st through 20th place with $20,000 going to the winner of this prestigious event as well as a place in the history books joining many of the greatest names in motorcycle racing.
The 2010 Daytona 200 Week will also see two AMA Pro Racing SuperSport races.  The first 12-lap race will be Thursday, March 4th and the second 12-lap race will be Friday afternoon, March 5th.  These races are sure to be exciting as the AMA Pro SuperSport Young Gun riders go up against more experienced local AMA Pro Racing Top Gun riders. 
Other features of the event include the always popular Thursday, March 4th rider autograph session and the many fan-friendly activities around Daytona International Speedway.
Also announced today is the extension of the registration deadline for the Daytona 200 Week events.  The deadline for entering the event is now February 12, 2010.
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Larry Pergam Returns with Foremeost Insurance Ducati in 2010 AMA Superbike
Feb 5th - Team Foremost Insurance / Pegram Racing Ducati is proud to confirm its participation in the upcoming 2010 AMA Pro Racing American Superbike Series. 
In 2009, after winning three AMA superbike races, the team finished fourth in the final point standings. With great support from Ducati North America and Foremost Insurance, the team developed a strong foundation built around Ducati’s flagship Superbike, the 1098 R.
For 2010, with even stronger support from title sponsor Foremost Insurance, team owner Larry Pegram will be at the controls of the Ducati superbike in an effort to win the American Superbike Championship. “I am really looking forward to the start of the season”, explains Pegram. “Last year we received Factory support from Ducati North America and that was a great launch pad. This year will be even better. I am fortunate to have solid backing and a great team. In our first season with the Ducati 1098 R the bike never missed a beat. I am very confident with my team and equipment and every time I ride the bike I get faster on it so we are going to make a big push to win the championship this year”.
Be sure to keep an eye out for the Foremost Insurance / Pegram Racing Ducati team when the season kicks off in Daytona March 3 – 5, 2010. 

World Superbike 2010 Season Full of Talent
Portimao, Thurs 21st Jan 2010 - The first official tests of the new SBK season get underway at Portimao between January 22 to 24 and the entry includes both riders and teams of the highest quality and quantity.
With some privateer teams still to confirm their final plans for 2010 there are already well over 20 top level riders in SBK this year, on machinery from seven different manufacturers, all of whom will be going all out to fight for wins during the 13-round season.
The Aprilia Racing squad of Max Biaggi and Leon Camier will be in Portugal for the January tests, while the Ducati Xerox squad of Noriyuki Haga and Michel Fabrizio are now both seasoned campaigners, few more so than last year's runner-up Haga.
Carlos Checa and Shane Byrne are a very high class Althea Ducati duo, with more Ducati runners set to be confirmed soon. It will be the first chance for each of these two proven WSBK race winners to test after their recent team launch in Italy.
Yamaha has two world champions in its line-up, former double Superbike winner James Toseland and last year’s Supersport champion Cal Crutchlow, Both James and Cal will test in Portugal - the same track where each had their first taste of Yamaha Superbike power at the end of last year.
Hannspree Ten Kate Honda riders Jonathan Rea and Max Neukirchner have been confirmed in the entry for some time, and like many of their rivals they will be returning to the scene of one of their recent tests. Broc Parkes is another top-level rider back for more SBK action, this time with Echo CRS Honda.
BMW, so welcome in their rookie year of 2009, will field no less than four machines in 2010, with two official BMW Motorrad bikes in Portugal this weekend, ridden by Troy Corser and Ruben Xaus.
Suzuki has two full-time riders confirmed for 2010, both in the Alstare set-up, with Leon Haslam and Sylvain Guintoli returning to Portimao on the very latest development of the GSX-R1000.
Kawasaki, having redoubled its efforts in the winter months, now has Chris Vermeulen and Tom Sykes on its books, and each will run at the forthcoming tests. The Pedercini Kawasaki team has recently confirmed America’s Roger Lee Hayden as one of its planned two riders for the new season.
In the Supersport World Championship most of the top riders will also be testing in Portugal. Crutchlow’s promotion to the top category and Yamaha’s scaling down of its Supersport effort – the chief protagonists of last season – mean that the title chase is sure to be wide-open once again, as has always been the tradition of the championship.  The main men to watch in this early test session will be multiple champions Hannspree Ten Kate Honda with Kenan Sofuoglu and Michele Pirro, Parkalgar Honda with Eugene Laverty, Kawasaki with Joan Lascorz and the Triumph ‘super-team’ of Chaz Davies, Jason DiSalvo and the returning Sebastien Charpentier.


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Jan 14th - Miller Motorsports Park is pleased to announce the return of the HANNspree Superbike World Championship in 2010.  This will be the third consecutive season that SBK has competed at MMP. 
Over the past two years, we have received an “excellent” rating from the officials of the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) for the safety and accuracy of our on-track activities; this is a direct result of the hard work put in by our loyal and dedicated volunteers.
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Friday February 5, 2010 - Polaris Industries has acquired engine developer Swissauto Powersports, according to a release from Polaris.

Founded in 1987, the Burgdorf, Switzerland-based company’s core capabilities are in development, prototyping and manufacturing of internal combustion engines.

Polaris has worked with Swissauto in the past. The high-performance, four-stroke Weber engine that Polaris uses in several current snowmobile models was developed by Swissauto.

In addition to recreational vehicle engines, Swissauto has developed engines for World Motorcycle GP. The company also developed a racing bike that competed against metric manufacturers during the late 1990s.

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PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- What's it like to ride in the cockpit of a streamlined motorcycle at more than 367 mph for 30 seconds? What's it like to work at building the machine capable of such a feat for 30 years?

The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) is pleased to announce that fans of motorcycling can go straight to the source for the answers to both questions at the 22nd Annual AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum Breakfast at Daytona this March 5.

The guests of honor at the fundraising event will be the world's fastest motorcyclist, Chris Carr, and the builder of the world's fastest motorcycle, Denis Manning. The current land-speed record holders and AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famers will be on hand to talk about their feat and answer attendees' questions.

Held on the Friday following the second race of the AMA Pro Flat Track doubleheader at the new Daytona Flat Track facility where Carr will begin his 26th year of competition in that discipline, the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum Breakfast at Daytona will be from 8-10:30 a.m. at the Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort, 100 North Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach, FL 32118.
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Team Yoshimura confirmed that to compete in three World Superbike Championship rounds as a Wild-Card entry this year.
Feb 6th - The Japanese aftermarket parts manufacturer will race a Yoshimura-kitted Suzuki GSX-R1000 at the fourth round at Assen, Netherlands on April 25th, the 12th round at Imola, Italy on September 26th, plus the final round at Magny Cours, France on October 3rd.

Suzuki’s long-serving World Superbike rider Yukio Kagayama, who this season will race in the British Superbike Championship, has been lined up for Assen and Magny-Cours whilst Yoshimura’s own team regular Daisaku Sakai will compete in Imola.

The team’s Yoshimura Suzuki will also be entered at the Suzuka 8 Hour World Endurance race in Japan on July 25th where Kagayama and Sakai will be joined by Suzuki MotoGP test and development rider Nobuatsu Aoki, plus the Suzuka 300km race on June 13th.

Surgery to Nicky Hayden's Right Arm
The Ducati Marlboro Team rider will attend the next MotoGP tests in Malaysia
Thursday Feb 11 -Immediately after the most recent MotoGP tests Nicky Hayden travelled to Doctor Angel Vilamor’s clinic in Madrid, Spain for surgery on his right arm.

The American rider was operated on by the Spanish surgeon in the past, to treat ongoing arm-pump (compartmental syndrome) problems, which is frequent in riders, and after a recent check-up just after the latest tests in Sepang, Nicky went back into surgery for a “clean-up” operation, to remove scar tissue resulting from the first operation.

Hayden, who has already returned to America, will participate in the next tests, again in Sepang, on the 25th and 26th February, alongside team-mate Casey Stoner.

The Return of England's Motorcycle Roadracer Magazine
The World's Number One Road Race Magazine, Motorcycle Racer, enters a brand new era with the publication of the latest issue (127 - March 2010) which goes on sale tomorrow (Thursday 11th February).

Having been acquired by Fourth Street Media Ltd in November 2009, the new owners, including long-term editor Larry 'Scoop' Carter, intend to retain the existing format of the popular magazine whilst bringing in a number of new features.

Highlights in this historic issue include a nostalgic look back at Joey Dunlop's career on the tenth anniversary of his death and also features an exclusive interview with 'I'm A Celebrity' star and part-time racer, Stuart Manning as well as taking a humourous look at the top-ten helmet designs of Valentino Rossi.

There are exclusive interviews with British 125cc GP hope Danny Webb and World Superbike ace Tom Sykes who talk candidly about their moves to new teams and Troy Corser's son Kalani is learning his old man's trade pretty quickly it seems!

James Ellison answers your questions, there's a look at the career of Mike 'Spike' Edwards and a throwback to the past with features on Alec Wright's Team Green and John Brown takes a look at the career of Alex Barros.

Max Biaggi's Aprilia RSV4 is put through its paces, there's a look ahead to the pure Road Racing season in 2010, what a Club MSV track day entails and Pirelli goes under the spotlight regarding the evolution of the control tyre concept in WSB.

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Tuesday 16 Feb -  The three-day test in Barcelona, which is scheduled to start on Wednesday, will bring together a selection of the Moto2 and 125cc entry lists at the Circuit de Catalunya.

A total of 42 riders across the new intermediate and 125cc categories – the maximum number permitted at the circuit – will be in attendance on the scheduled dates of February 17-19, and amongst them will be those who have regularly tested throughout the winter such as Julián Simón and Mike Di Meglio (Mapfre Aspar Team), Axel Pons and Sergio Gadea (Pons Kalex), and Yuki Takahashi and Raffaele De Rosa (Tech 3 Moto2). The likes of Gabor Talmacsi (Speed Up), Joan Olivé and Kenny Noyes (Jack&Jones by A. Banderas), Fonsi Nieto and Yannick Guerra (G22 HolidayGym), and Mashel Al Naimi and Yonny Hernández (Blusens-STX) will all also be part of the group of Moto2 riders present.

Amongst those not in attendance will be Scot Racing pair Alex de Angelis and Niccolò Canepa, and Italian rider Mattia Pasini (JiR Moto2). Toni Elías (Gresini) will also not be riding his Moriwaki prototype, but has said that it is his intention to be present to monitor the progress of his rivals.

In the 125cc class, title hopefuls Bradley Smith and Nico Terol (Bancaja Aspar Team), Pol Espargaró and Efrén Vázquez (Bainet Derbi), Marc Márquez (Red Bull Ajo Motorsport) and Esteve Rabat (Blusens-STX) are amongst those who will be riding.

To see a more complete grid of Moto2 competitors, observers will have to wait until the official Moto2/125cc test at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit in Valencia, scheduled for March 1-3, when the Moto2 teams will also be supplied with the official 600cc Honda engines that will be used in the inaugural season in 2010.

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Team Suzuki Press Office, Feb14. The Worx Crescent Suzuki team today successfully completed a three-day shakedown test at the Portimao Circuit in southern Portugal in preparation for the 2010 British Superbike Championship.

The test was blighted by rain on the first and final days but team riders Tommy Hill and Yukio Kagayama were able to complete important first tests on new suspension and electronics packages on the 2010 Suzuki GSX-R1000.

Jack Valentine - Team Manager: “It’s been a successful shakedown. We’re a much bigger team this year with some new personnel, so this test has been a great opportunity to get everyone together and to gel as a team.

“For Yukio, it’s been an introduction to the Crescent bike and the Pirelli control tyres as used in BSB. Tommy and Yukio have also been working on getting base settings for the new Öhlins suspension and the updated Motec electronics package we’re using this year. The rain has compressed our schedule but we were still able to run through many settings and we’re very pleased with the progress we’ve made.”

Tommy Hill: “We’ve completed a lot of preparatory work that we had to get out of the way, putting together some good base settings with the suspension and electronics. We’ve also been trying some different clutches and different engine braking systems. It’s been busy. Now I’m looking forward to Cartagena and meeting up with the rest of the BSB riders.”

Yukio Kagayama: “I’m very happy to be back with the team and this has been helpful as a lead-up to the test at Cartegena. There are many parts which are specific to the Crescent Suzuki - different to my bike from last year - so it’s been helpful coming here to get a feel for the bike. Now I go back to Japan for a short time before coming back with my family - we’re really looking forward to a year living in England.”

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