to Kurtis Roberts just before the 600cc Supersport race - "Kid,
just a few weeks at my riding school and you'll be to showing
your relatives how to ride."
2003 AMA National Roadracing Championship: Round 1
Postpones Racing and Disrupts Final Qualifying at Daytona
Kurtis Roberts Wins 600cc Supersport for Honda
Daytona Beach, Florida USA, Sunday March 9th, 2003:
The 62nd Daytona 200 By Arai never got off the ground
on Sunday due to rain but the crowd of motorcycle fans still
got a treat with three thrilling support races including the
600cc SuperSport race which saw Erion Honda's Kurtis Roberts
emerge from a 12 rider race-long lead battle to slingshot past
Yamaha's Jamie Hacking at the finish line for the win. Honda's
Miguel DuHamel moved up from eighth place entering the banking
to claim third.
holds off Miguel and Jaime amid a heated 12-rider battle for
the 600cc SuperSport win.
Honda's Kurtis Roberts gave the new Honda CBR600RR a glorious
first American race debut, winning the Pro Honda Oils 600 Supersport
race at Daytona International Speedway on a cloudy, overcast
Florida morning. Yamaha's Jamie Hacking was just headed by Kurtis
by only half a bike length at the finish line. American Honda's
Miguel DuHamel finished third with Erion Honda's Jake Zemke
taking fourth. Both chose gearing that wasn't optimal. American
Honda's Ben Bostrom, on pole for the Superbike race, finished
a dispiriting 10th. The former World Superbike star found it
difficult to hold on to the handlebars after a vibration developed
early in the race and made his hand numb.
24, the youngest son of three-time 500cc World Champion Kenny
Roberts made a crucial gearing change before the race that allowed
him to control the pace of the race from the outset. He led
a furious lead pack of some twelve 600's at the start and for
nine of the 15 laps. On the final tour of the high-banked speedway,
Roberts exited the last corner, a chicane on the back straight,
in second place, then powered to victory by 0.118 seconds.
can't say enough about theCBR600RR," Roberts, who will
only race selected Supersport events, said. "It was perfect.
I don't think I put a wheel out of place. It was definitely
the most patient smoothest Daytona
600 in a while."
propel Roberts to victory was a gearing change he and crew chief
Dave McGrath made prior to the race. While the other riders
were on the limit crossing the finish line, Roberts had power
to spare.The win was Honda's 11th in the 600cc Supersport race
at Daytona. Four of the previous wins were delivered by French-Canadian
Miguel DuHamel, today's third place finisher.Erion Honda's Kurtis
wasn't the fastest pace we could have done," said Kurtis.
"That's why I kept Jamie (Hacking) and all them guys behind
me, because they don't have to race later on in the day and
we had to. I kept them right where I wanted to and it was really
easy. The bike was perfect. On the last lap I went back to third
where I needed to be. The lapper got in the way and made Jake
(Zemke) get a little antsy and jump on the throttle a little
bit. It gave Jamie (Hacking) the gap to where I let him go down
the straightaway that far and I passed Jake.
Honda's Miguel Duhamel-Third Place "The bike was running
good. I was out there really composed and really relaxed. My
bike, when I got in the draft, hit the rev limiter a little
bit and that's not good. I was having a little trouble with
that. I could see Jamie and Jake (Zemke) up there (and thinking)
as long as they didn't get away from me. I was just keeping
that in mind and trying to figure out a way to get up there.
I was hoping more guys in front of me the better because that
would help me get a draft. I was so happy just to see how good
my bike is. We're definitely in there the whole rest of the
season and Kurtis (Roberts will switch to the Formula Extreme
Championship which traditionally has not run at Daytona because
the bigger engined Exteme bikes might outrun the Superbikes
on the high speed banking -which is no longer the case for 2003
with the new 1000cc Superbike rules.)won't be there at all."
Jake Zemke-Fourth Place- "It was going pretty good until
that last lap. We kind of had to roll the dice on the gearing
because it seemed like to gear it for the front straightaway
we were losing out not the infield, but we put the gearing on
that we thought was going to win the race for us. I'm pretty
sure I had the fastest bike out there. I didn't have any trouble
drafting past anyone at the line. It seemed like when I'd lead
out of the chicane I'd tow them around almost all the way to
the start-finish. I knew we were looking good.
I was having a little bit of a grip problem. With our gearing,
it wouldn't really come off the corners the way we wanted on
Honda's Ben Bostrom-10th Place- "The bike was fantastic.
The only mistake I made on the bike was the gearing was a little
short and I was on the limiter for probably a good five seconds
going across the stripe. That wasn't the only problem. On the
third lap, I don't know from the high vibration, I couldn't
feel my hands. It started happening on the second lap and by
the third lap I couldn't feel my hands any more. So I was just
shaking off the left one but I couldn't let go of the throttle
hand. So I couldn't grab the front brakes. I could feel
the throttle opening but not so smooth and I couldn't feel the
brakes at all. It only happened once before and that was on
a Supersport bike.
Kurtis Roberts (Honda); 2. Jamie Hacking (Yamaha); 3. Miguel
DuHamel (Honda); 4. Jake Zemke (Honda); 5. Jason Disalvo (Yamaha);
6. Damon Buckmaster (Yamaha); 7. Jamie Stauffer (Yamaha)
8. Aaron Gobert (Yamaha); 9. Ben Spies (Suzuki); 10. Ben Bostrom
(Honda); 11. Roger Hayden (Honda)
12. Matthew Wait (Yamaha); 13. Tommy Hayden (Yamaha); 14. Aaron
Yates (Suzuki); 15. Alex Gobert (Honda).
Tomy Hayden wins 750cc
on Kawasaki's baby 636cc machine
Beach March 10th: Tommy Hayden, riding the No. 22 Kawasaki,
nipped Lee Acree at the checkered flag by .009-second to capture
his first victory at Daytona, and the first win in the history
of the class that a non-750cc machine. Hayden's win was aboard
Kawasaki's new 636cc ZX-6RR, prepped especially for Superstock
competition. Hayden threw out the theory of being a sitting
duck when leading out of the chicane as he was able to hold
off Acree at the finish line in what was a thrilling photo finish
to Superstock race by just a few inches.
knew it would be close," Hayden said. "I knew the
only chance I had (leading out of the infield). As soon as I
got into second there off turn one, the only chance I had was
to get some kind of break there in the infield. I got Lee going
into the first horseshoe. I put my head down and that was my
only hope. I must have just got enough gap to just hold it off
because they were coming by the finish line fast. Definitely
feels good to start off the season with a win.
I definitely knew I wanted to lead. I was just battling every
lap just to stay ahead of guys. I didn't really have much of
a strategy other than just try to get as close as I could to
the front because I definitely wasn't going to be drafting by
three or four guys. Even before the race I knew for sure I could
run the pace and I was in the hunt but I found out that beating
the 750 sometimes was a little tougher than just going fast.
I knew it was going to be close."
Lee Acree, No 45 Suzuki, second place finisher
I didn't get a good drive out of the infield on the last lap
like I wanted to that time. A couple guys came by and I was
hoping to be second going into the chicane not fourth. Like
I said, the bike was incredible. Steve and Eric and Mike, they
ended up getting kind of wide, but giving me a good draft and
I got a good run. Came up on Tommy and man it was awful close
to the line. It was close. I thought I got him, but that's not
what the screen said when we came back around. Hat's off to
Tommy. He rode incredibly. He rode a smart race. He did exactly
what he needed to do.
I thought I had squeaked by but unfortunately that didn't turn
out to be the case. I had a great bike under me. I had a little
bit of an issue mid race. The shifter stuck on it and that's
what dropped me so far back. I just tried to be real precise
with the shifter and work my way back up. The bike was incredible.
I think that's part of what got me back in it. The bike and
tires were awesome.
The last lap, I didn't mind being behind Tommy when he came
by through the infield. I figured if I don't tow somebody else
I'm going to get towed and somebody's going to slingshot by
me. It's the typical deal. Nobody wants to lead unless they
absolutely have to here. I didn't get the kind of drive I wanted
out of the infield. I think I was just being a little bit too
careful on it. A tire that had 15 hard laps on it, not wanting
to be too aggressive with it. I paid the price a little bit
for that. Fourth wasn't exactly what I had in mind going into
the chicane on the last lap. But luckily I was able to get out
of there pretty good and get a good tow.
I had a good run on Tommy. Man I thought I was there. It was
so close. I think they said one or two inches on the TV screen
when they went back and reviewed it."
SUN SHINES AT DAYTONA
BUT RAIN ON THE CORONA EXTRA SUZUKI PARADE!
Though the sun shone this Monday at the Daytona International
Speedway, it still rained on the Corona Extra Suzuki parade
with bad luck in both races entered!
In the main event, the Daytona 200 by Arai, rider Jordan Szoke
started well in his first running of this prestigious race,
getting as high as ninth before a bolt from another machine
punctured the Suzuki GSXR1000 oil cooler covering the bike and
tires with oil. Jordan was skilled in being able to stop without
In the Genuine Suzuki Accessories Superstock event, defending
champion Jimmy Moore hit a false neutral as he tipped into turn
one on the start, causing him to run straight, stop and run
across a big expanse of grass covered in two inches of water.
Moore left Turn One dead last. He rode like the same wind Daytona
Speedway experienced over the event weekend, working his way
past 16 riders but using up his tires in the process. Moore
finished in 15th position by race end. Teammate Adam Fergusson,
in this his first ever event at the imposing Speedway, rode
very well getting as high as second during the race. Always
in the lead pack of 7 bikes, Adam's inexperience in drafting
and gearing selection for his Suzuki GSXR 750, so critical at
Daytona, held him back at the finish, completing the race in
the lead pack and netting 7th, only 1.4 seconds behind the winner.
A great first Daytona result. Jordan Szoke was never able to
break from the second pack of 6-8 riders and ended the race
in 14th position.
Corona Extra Suzuki is proud to be partnering with Corona Extra,
Suzuki, EBSCO Media, MTS, Parts Unlimited, Dunlop, Yoshimura
R&D, Joe Rocket, Sidi Boots, MotionPro, Braking, Silkolene
Lubricants, Suzuki Genuine Accessories, STR Motorsports, Lindeman
Engineering, Bickle, FastDates.com, Yoyodyne, Hotbodies Racing,
Zero Gravity, Regina Chain, Race Girl, GP Tech, RB Components,
Spiegler, Box R, Stahlwille Tools.
Next race: Fontana, Florida March 6th - 9th.
SuperStock Results: 122 TOMMY HAYDENOWENSBORO,
KYKAW63615---KAWASAKI / LP USA / MAXIMA / DUNLOP245 LEE ACREEJAMESTOWN,
NCSUZ750150.009PIRELLI / ARAI / ARCLIGHT336 ERIC C WOODMANSFIELD,
MASUZ750150.098WOODCRAFT / BETTENCOURT'S / BARDEN / DUNLOP /
MAXIMA / GMD451 STEVE RAPPCORONA, CASUZ750150.209VALVOLINE EMGO
SUZUKI / MICHELIN / M4 / ALPINESTARS / DYNO53 VINCENT HASKOVECLAKE
ELSINORE, CASUZ750151.41HOOTERS / SUZUKI / PIRELLI / HAULMARK
/ TIFORCE / TORCO / VP / 613 MIKE D CICCOTTOSEBASTIAN, FLSUZ750151.412HOOTERS
SUZUKI / ARAI / CORSA / TORCO / PIRELLI / ALPINESTAR768 ADAM
FERGUSSONBIRMINGHAM, ALSUZ750151.436CORONA EXTRA SUZUKI / EBSCO
MEDIA / SIDI / HJC AMERICA856 TONY MEIRINGTRACY, CAKAW636157.576KAWASAKI
/ LP USA / MAXIMA / DUNLOP940 JASON DISALVOSTAFFORD, NYYAM6001512.059YAMAHA
MOTOR CORP / DUNLOP / YAMALUBE / GYT R1058 MATTHEW FURTEKSOUTH
HOLLAND, ILSUZ7501512.067VALVOLINE / SUZUKI / EMGO / MICHELIN
/ M4 / ARAI / DYNAJET / GMD114 JOSHUA KURT HAYESGULFPORT, MSSUZ7501512.1351218
CHRIS ULRICHLAKE ELSINORE, CASUZ7501516.839VALVOLINE EMGO SUZUKI
/ MICHELIN / ALPINESTARS / M4 / ARAI1389 SCOTT A GREENWOODDUNBARTON,
NHSUZ7501517.387ARGO CYCLES / DUNLOP / HINDLE / ARAI / TIGER
/ ANGEL14101 JORDAN M SZOKECANADA, ONSUZ7501517.424CORONA EXTRA
SUZ / EBSCO / JOE ROCKET / SHOEI / SIDI / YOSH151 JIMMY MOOREEUGENE,
ORSUZ7501520.769CORONA SUZUKI / EBSCO / DUNLOP / SHOEI / JOE
ROCKET / SIDI / M1634 BRIAN STOKESKINGSTON, GASUZ7501521.65617143
CHRIS CAYLORMARIETTA, GASUZ7501522.421EMGO / FASTLAP / PIRELLI
/ FREE WHEELIN / M4 / PITBULL / EBC / V1823 RICH CONICELLILAWRENCEVILLE,
GASUZ7501522.426HSA / KWS / DUNLOP / ACTION MOTORS / SDI / OXTAR
/ YOSHI / SHOEI192 SCOTT F HARWELLLINCOLNTON, NCSUZ7501525.721SUZUKI
/ PIRELLI / YOSHIMURA / MOTION / DYNAJET / EBC / SILKOL2044
JOHN HANERPEARLAND, TXSUZ7501525.779MOTION / SHOGUN / PIRELLI
/ YOSHIMURA / HELIMOT / RK / LP / SHAR
Dates Calendar babe
Jacki Kashes in at FHM
brunette Jack Kash is one of the featured Calendar Angels
in our upcoming 2004 Fast Dates
Racebike Pinup Calendar sponsored by Performance Machine,
MotoWheels, and Team EBSCO Corina Extra Suzuki. Jackie
is also featured in the March '03 issue of FHM magazine
where she is this month's "Hometown Honey" where
she describes her home town of Santa Rosa, California,
best known for its wine and peanuts. "Peanuts"
as in the comic strip featuring Charlie Brown and Snoopy,
since Santa Rosa was also the home of Peanuts creater
Charles M. Schultz and now a Museum dedicated to him.
We're dedicating our own musem to Jackie and her great
photos in the upcoming Fast Dates Calendar.... click
right for the bigger view.
curtesy FHM / www.BrianBHayes.com
Introduces New Monster SR4
In an effort
to offer a more high performance naked bike similar to Aprilia's
hot new Tuono model, Ducati is introducing this new Monster
upgraded with the now outdated 996 Superbike engine and suspension
components.. This bike will be an early release for the Ducati
2004 model year. It is expected to arrive in North American
dealer showrooms by late summer of 2003.
With 113 HP, the Monster S4R is the most powerful naked Ducati
ever made:it boasts the championship-winning, electronic injection,
water-cooled Desmoquattro 996 engine. The set-up has been improved
considerably, making this new bike an enormous step up from
the previous S4 version. One of the most dramatic changes is
a stunning MH-inspired single-sided aluminium rear swing arm.
Among an entire host of exciting new features are a practical
and elegant variable cross-section aluminium handlebar and a
newly designed multi-functional instrument panel. A unique motorcycle
built to beat the world's best on fast curvy roads, the Monster
S4R is unbeatable on and off the track.
gone . . .
Here's your last
chance to order a piece of sportbike history. Our 2003 Calendars
are sold out in stores worldwide. Only a few copies remain left
Click to order now online!
Fast Dates 2003
USA order Online Now: Calendars.com
Garage Girls 2003
BEN BOSTROM ONLINE!
March 7, 2003 – Daytona Beach, FL. Ben Bostrom is celebrating
the pole position and Rolex he earned at Daytona yesterday by
announcing the launch of his new website, www.BenBostrom.com.
In launching this site, Ben joins brother Eric in maintaining
his own personal site.
Fans will be able to sign up for news updates, peer through a
constantly increasing photo gallery, and just generally connect
with the likeable rider as he returns home to contest the AMA
CEO Carlo DiBiagio Steps Down,
Chairmain Federico Minoli TO Assumes Chied Executive Responsibilities
Italy, March 5, 2003 – Right on the heels of the firing
of Ducati North America President Joe Piazza last week (se Pit
Lane News previous page) Ducati Motor Holding S.p.A. announced
that Carlo Di Biagio, Chief Executive Officer, has resigned from
the company for personal reasons. Federico
Minoli, Chairman of the Board, will assume chief executive responsibilities.
“We are very grateful to Carlo for his important contributions
to Ducati since the early days of the turnaround, and in particular
during the busy period of
the IPO in 1999,” said Minoli. “We have asked him
– and he has agreed – to continue to support the company
in a consultancy role which will allow us to benefit further from
his deep knowledge of the company.”
“It has been incredibly exciting to lead Ducati through
this dynamic period of product innovation,” said Di Biagio.
“I am now looking forward to concentrating on other professional
and personal opportunities.”
Di Biagio was appointed CEO of Ducati in July 2000. Previously,
as of May 1997, he was CFO at the Company. As CEO, Di Biagio invested
heavily in new product, including the new 999 Superbike and Multistrada,
and led the Company’s eagerly awaited entry into the Moto
GP championship in 2003. Federico Minoli was Chairman and CEO
of Ducati from September 1996 until July 2000, and subsequently
remained Chairman of the Board.
CORONA EXTRA SUZUKI ANNOUNCES ENTRY INTO SUPERBIKE CLASS
Los Angeles, CA. Feb 27th: 2003Corona Extra Suzuki is very pleased
to announce it will be entering the Superbike class for the 2003
AMA Superbike Season with support from American Suzuki Motor Corporation
and Suzuki Japan. Jordan Szoke will be handling the riding duties
aboard the all-new 2003 GSXR1000.
Commenting on the announcement, Jordan said; "I'm really
excited to get back into the Superbike class. It was great racing
the class on the Harley but obviously we struggled. Now to get
back in on the Suzuki with factory support should mean a really
competitive package. I can't wait for the green flag to drop!"
Corona Extra Suzuki principal Landers Sevier said; "This
is going to be a terrific opportunity for the Team and Jordan.
We are very honored to have been chosen by Suzuki for this important
project. This will be the first time in a long while that Suzuki
Factory support has been provided to a Team in the US other than
Yoshimura. However it is important to note that we will be working
closely with Yoshimura in the program."
Corona Extra Suzuki is proud to be partnering with Corona Extra,
Suzuki, EBSCO Media, MTS, Parts Unlimited, Dunlop, Yoshimura R&D,
Joe Rocket, Sidi Boots, MotionPro, Braking, Silkolene Lubricants,
Suzuki Genuine Accessories, STR Motorsports, Lindeman Engineering,
Bickle, FastDates.com, Yoyodyne, Hotbodies Racing, Zero Gravity,
Regina Chain, Race Girl, GP Tech, RB Components, Spiegler, Box
R, Stahlwille Tools.
First race: Daytona, Florida March 6th - 9th.
For more information please visit www.corona-suzuki.com
Pirelli 2003 Calendar
you're the world's biggest tire company with a One Million dollar
budget to photograph your calendar, you hire the world's top supermodels
Pirelli 2003 calendar features some of the most celebrated top
models from throughout the world: Sophie Dahl, Yamila Diaz-Rahi,
Isabeli Fontana, Bridget Hall, Heidi Klum, Karolina Kurkova, Natalia
Vodianova, Sienna Rose Miller, Lisa Seiffert. And, as is now traditional,
there are also some up-and-coming faces, such as Filippa Hamilton,
Jessica Miller and Rania Raslan. Likewise.
2002 Calendar featured Hollywoods hottest young actresses including
Julia Styles, Mena Suvari (American Beauty) , Rachel Lee Cook
(Josie & the Pussycats) , Lauren Bush (neice of the President),
Erika Christensen (Traffic), Bridget Moyanhan (Coyote Ugly, Sum
of all Fears), James King (Blow, Pearl Harbor, Lonestar State
can see detailed information on the Pirelli website at Pirelli.com
vist our 2003 Sportbike Calendar review in The
in the Fast Lane -
Exclusive! Calendar Girl Jaime
Pressly's TV kiss with Tiffany Amber Theisen! Click the picture
for all the big juicy details.
1/28/03: Championship Series
SuperBikers2, LLC and Moto-Master USA have teamed up produce the
2003 Primedia Motorcycle Group US Supermotard National Championship
Series. SuperBikers2,LLC is proud to announce this new 8 round
series with Primedia Motorcycle Group as its title sponsor.
The series will kick off in March and crown champions in 2 different
classes in October.
the series will be the Open Supermoto Extreme class featuring
the open displacement, big bore thumpers that have made this sport
what it is known for today. The equally impressive 450X class
will feature a
450cc displacement limit that will showcase the latest machines
from many manufacturers.
Supermotard USA, SuperMoto USA, Mile High Motard, and SuperBikers2,LLC
will hold regional races to run as support classes in conjunction
with national event for their host weekend.
racer is one who has talents in various types of racing environments:
motocross racing, dirt-track racing, and roadracing are all key
ingredients to a successful supermotard racer. With
over 600 members within the regional organizations and many riding
backgrounds, the action should be intense. Having a strong rider
base is key to making this series grow. By joining with the many
regional groups, we have the critical ingredient for great racing
action for our spectators to see.
Add in some top level racing facilities and averyone is assured
guaranteed a great time, for both spectator and racer.
Major National Championship rounds will be showcased at major
events including the Phoenix Bike Fest on March 28-30th and the
Los Angels Calendar Motorcycle Show weekend July 19-20 to bring
supermoto racing to the racing public. You can find more information
on the rules, schedule, sponsors and more at www.superbikers2.com.
You can also call Glenn Curtiss at (920) 912-3009 or Paul Brent
at (760) 757-3524.