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Page 1 • Racing & Calendar News
Superbike, MotoGP, Calendar Girls

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This Week's Starting Grid: Tragedy - Daijiro Kato Dies
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   AMA announces New Roadrace Classes for 2004!
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Aprilia girls prayed for Edwards or Haga to win at Suzuka.

Winning the 250cc title for Honda in 2001, Daijiro moved up to the Open MotoGP class in 2002 where he finished 7th in the Championship with the Fortuna Honda team. This year his Honda team is sponsored by MovieStar.

250cc World Champ Daijiro Kato dies from injury

April 20, 2003 – During the first race of the 2003 MotoGP Series held at Suzuka Circuit in Japan, Daijiro Kato crashed into the crash barrier on the left side of the track just before the chicane. Kato fell into a coma and had been receiving medical attention for the past two weeks, following the accident. At 00:42am on April 20th, Daijiro Kato passed away at the young age of 26. The cause of death was brainstem infarction.

“It was with a tremendous sense of grief that I learned of the tragic passing away of Daijiro Kato. He was one of Japan’s premier representatives in the racing world and was recognized as one of the world’s top riders. Kato secured the 250cc Class Championship in 2001 and last year moved to the MotoGP class where he held a world ranking of #7. His performance provided all of his fans with a dream. My heartfelt prayers are with him.” (Suguru Kanazawa -Director, Honda Motor Co., Ltd., President, Honda Racing)

Everyone, including Daijiro Kato’s fans, have been praying for as quick a recovery as possible and it is truly heartbreaking that he has left us. Our deepest condolences are with Daijiro Kato’s family and we would like to express our sincere gratitude to all of Kato’s fans who were so supportive of him.

Daijiro is featured in action on a full page of the 2003 Ripped Pavement Calendar: month Sept '03. FastDates.com is dedicating this year's calendar posthumously to him. Ride with God, Kato san!

FastDates.com does Martina for Speed TV
May 15th: One of our hottest new FastDates.com calendar girls is barely legal Penthouse Pet Martina Warren, January 2003, who we just shot with some hot custom bikes from calendar sponsor Performance Machine. The shoot took place inside the high security confines of a Los Angeles County power generating plant for our Iron & Lace calendar with famed photographer Jim Gianatsis, and filmed by American Thunder for Speed TV. Look for Martina upcoming soon in Members Corner and in future calendars. Now just 19 years old, this British lass and Page 3 girl posed topless in England's SuperBike magazine when she was just 17 (in America they'd be in prison now). Adding to the day's excitement was a visit to Performance Machine dynasty member, ace roadracer and now custom bike builder, Roland Sand's nearby secret go cart track where we raced 125cc shifter carts and SuperMoto bikes until dark. Thanks Roland!

Oh, to be a single digit.

Chandi and Natalie do AMA Superbike at California Speedway
Unless you were out at California Speedway on Friday last weekend in the cold and rain for practice, for the AMA Nationals, here's another great calendar shoot you missed. Photographer Jim Gianatsis shot beautiful models Chandi Mason and Natalie Abromov with all the top AMA Superbikes and formula Extreame machines for the next Fast Dates Calendar. Hereour girls snuggle up together to keep warm on Damon Buckmaster's Graves Yamaha R1.

Just in case you didn't recognize her, Chandi (riding cowboy style) is featured in both the current 2003 and upcoming 2004 FastDates.com Calendars as one of our 3 beautiful Calendar Angels. She will also be joining us on the trip up to Laguna Seca World Superbike in July together with her Angel compatraits Janelle Perzina and Joanna Krupa. (Charlie never had it so good). Natalie is a former Miss Russia and the 2001 Hawaiian Tropic National Beauty Pageant winner. You can see more of natalie on her website at NatalieAbramov.com.
And you can mee both girls in person at our LA Calendar Motorcycle Show and SuperMoto Nationals in July.

Ashley moves into the top 8 on All American Girl!
Wed April 16th: 2004 Fast Dates Calendar model Ashley Esqueda, winner of our Los Angeles Calendar Motorcycle Show Calendar Girl Model Search Pageant last July, has advanced into the top 8 finalists on the new ABC reality TV show All American Girl on Wednesday nights. Ashely is one of 3 girls left remaining on a team of girls coached by former basketball star John Salley. Another team of girls is coached by The Spice Girls Geri Halloway. The purpose of the Show is to find a girl that exemplifies a well-rounded young lady, the best America has to offer as far as intelligence, talent, beauty and personality. And that's certainly why we have confirmed Ashley to be our Master of Ceremonies on stage at this year's July 19-20th
Los Angeles Calendar Motorcycle Show.

All American Girl is produced by Simon Cowell of American Idol and England's Pop Idol fame. You can wish Ashley the Best of Luck in the contest by stopping by her website at www.Ashleye.us

Wed April 24th: Our dear Ashely got elimitated on tonight's show as the All American Girl contestants were eliminated down from 8 to 6 girls based on phoned-in votes from viewers. Still, Ashley did a great job to make it into the top 8 contestants ourt of thousands of girls. So now your next chance to see and meet Ashly will be when she hosts our LA Calendar Motorcycoe Show in July. Be sure to join us!

AMA Pro Racing Changes 2004 Road Race Class Structure
PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- Reflecting the changing motorcycle marketplace, needs of the manufacturers, benefit to racers and the interests of fans, AMA Pro Racing has revised its class structure for the AMA U.S. Superbike Championship. The new class structure will be implemented beginning with the next racing season.

“The task of developing an all-new class structure is an extraordinarily complex process and it is impossible to satisfy everyone,” said Scott Hollingsworth, CEO of AMA Pro Racing. “Our primary objectives are to deliver the best possible show to our fans while focusing on the market development of professional motorcycle racing in the United States.”

The new classes include Superbike, Supersport, Formula Xtreme and Superstock and are outlined as follows:
Superbike: 900cc-1000cc four-stroke, any number of cylinders.
Supersport: 600cc four-stroke, twin and four cylinders.
Formula Xtreme: 600cc four-stroke, four cylinders; 750cc four-stroke, twin cylinders;
250cc-330cc two-stroke. All highly modified.
Superstock: 750cc-1000cc four-stroke, four cylinders; up to 1350cc air-cooled twin cylinders

This class structure has been approved by the AMA Pro Racing Board of Directors for 2004 season implementation. Technical rules within this class structure are subject to a 30-day public comment period upon publication and all AMA Pro Racing credential holders are invited to submit comments for consideration. New technical rules are expected to be issued in early May.


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Give our Miss SBK Fast Dates World Superbike Nicki Lane your support as she attempts to retake her crown!
Nicki writes from the British Isles- "Hello Guys! How`s things in the colonies? All's fine here in London where I'm getting ready for the 2003 Miss Great Britain Pageant on May 16th. It spans a weekend. Taking place in a very swanky private members club called the Elyseum.

All us girls will be staying at the Royal Horseguards Hotel. Hope I'm not sharing with another model as I will never get in the bathroom. Friday consists of press calls, photo sets, hair and makeup practice and rehersels. Saturday much the same, but the real pageant is on the night with filming for TV. Unfortunately in this country we don`t do talent sections ( it's a shame as I am sure I`d have the male judges votes with a couple of naked backflips!!!)

Speaking of being naked, I look forward to coming back to California in July for World Superbike and The LA Calendar Motorcycle Show, so I can take up my favourite hobby of naked sunbathing once again to avoid unsightly tan lines ha ha!! (No wonder photographer Jim Gianatsis can never get any work done when Nicki's our guest at the palacial FastDates.com Calendar Mansion).

Pictures of all the Miss Great Britain contestant girls are on the website age ranging 18-27 I think. I'm not sure about the competition as nobody is ever like the picture and I don`t recognise anyone. If I am in the shape like I was at was at monterey last year, then there isn`t much more I can do except cross my fingers and hope (and protect handicapped kids and feed the homeless!!!!! Like all the girls!) a requirement I believe for such events. I'll will keep you all informed.

As for me and other things, Ihave finished my aerobics instructors course and am awaiting my final assessment. After visiting America last summer I rekindled my love for kickboxing and am an active squad member in a local club. Due to the club successes in the last year we have been asked to perform a display at the opening of the world soccer games in London.I have been asked to choreograph the whole routine which will be shown on sky sports and the main UK channels another one for the CV, and to take up the offers I have to model for Muscle & Fitness, Shape magazines, and test for Playboy when I return to America). I'll see you all soon! Cheers!" -Nicki Lane, Miss Great Britain 2001.

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AMA Officials comment on 2004 Roadrace Class Structure Changes
Merrill Vanderslice, AMA Pro Racing Director of Competition states the new classes represent a logical and equitable evolution of the current structure. “Each class was scrutinized to see that it makes sense to the racing community. We adjusted the Superbike class so it remains the premier class in our championship but also took a close look at each of the support classes. For example, we must objectively recognize the current state of two-stroke development but at the same time remain mindful of the needs of the small but loyal group that enthusiastically follows that particular class of racing.”

Scott Hollingsworth, CEO Proo Racing added, “Larger grids, expanded media opportunities and increased business opportunities will be the result of our new class structure. Additionally, we recognize that the structure set forth by AMA Pro Racing ends up being the world standard and we take that responsibility very seriously. AMA Pro Racing is the leading national sanctioning body for professional motorcycle sport in the world and our initiatives have impact around the globe. This new structure represents a good combination of classes that will set the stage for an entertaining, highly promotable show.”

Editor's Comments
The logic of AMA making Superbike the premier, fastest class to replace Formula Extreame Open for 2004, certainly makes since.

And Supersport 600cc is the most competive class with all the Japanese manufacturers campaigning the 600cc 4-cylinders. But it makes no sense to include 600cc twins in this class as no such bike comes close to being competitive. Plus this class needs to be called Superstock since it is similar to 750-Open Superstock where modifications are restricted. Unlike World Supersport 600cc where engines are mildly modified with higher performance cams and pistons

The proposed new Formula Extreame Class is a disaster mixing so many different types and displacements of bikes. Top speeds and cornering speeds will vary greatly between the different types of bikes, creating havoc on the track and dangerous passing situations. Plus, this catch-all class will only attract privateer teams without the budget or experience to build the "All Highly Modified" bikes. Expect lots of blown engines.

And Superstock 750cc -1000cc / 1350cc Twins - PLEASE! What stock Moto Guzi twin or 750cc four is going to run with the '03 Suzuki GSXR1000 or the newer Kawasaki and Honda 1000's 4's expected this fall? This class nees to be just 750cc to protect and support the manufacturer's 750cc model bikes.
Let the open class bikes run in Superbike where they belong.

For a more complete review of the AMA's Roadrace class fiasco go to Pit Board AMA Rules