our SBK Fast Dates Superbike Girl Chandi Mason
Calendar Angel Chandi Mason has been practicing her knee dragging
in anticipation of being one of our official SBK Fast Dates Calendar
Girls at Laguna Seca World Superbike on the July 9-12th weekend in
Monterey. Chandi will be one of our official Team Ducati Corse umbrella
girls on Sunday, and will be shooting throughout the weekend with
famed photographer Jim Gianatsis for the next Fast Dates Racebike
Pinup Calendar. Joining Chandi at Laguna will be two of our other
very sexy Calendar Angels, Miss Minnesota Janelle Perzina and Miss
Great Britain 2003 Nicki Lane.
you miss your chance to say "Hi!" to Chandi and our
other beautiful FastDates.com Calendar Angels in the paddock
at Laguna, don't worry. All three girls will be in attendance
to meet fans the following July 19-20th weekend at our big Los
Angeles Calendar Motorcycle Show where we will be premiering
the new 2004 Fast Dates.com Calendars in which all 3 girls appear.
You can meet each girl and get her to personally autograph her
photosfor you in the new calendars .
Chandi and Nicki conduct a Victoria's Secret fashion show in
the 2004 Iron & Lace calendar available in July.
Hodgson shares the Race 2 podium with his mechanic Marinelli, Lavilla
(left) and Xaus (right).
SBK World Superbike Championship, Great Britain Round 6
Hodgson crown a glorious weekend
for Ducati with double wins at Silverstone
Silverstone, Great Britain, June 13-15, 2003: Neil
Hodgson (Ducati Fila) crowned one of the greatest days in Ducati’s
history when he notched up win #2 in the British Round of the World
Superbike Championship in front of a record-breaking 83,000 spectators
at Silverstone. Earlier in the afternoon Loris Capirossi had scored
Ducati’s first-ever win in MotoGP with an emotional victory at
Barcelona’s Circuito de Catalunya.
LaVilla with the Corona Suzuki GSXR1000 has been a top contender to
the Ducati teams.
Suzuki quickest on 1st day qualifying
Friday: An outstanding lap of 1:53.162 from Gregorio
Lavilla (Alstare Suzuki GSX-R1000) put him on top of the provisional
qualifying sheets after the first day of practice at the recently modified
Silverstone circuit. His best single circuit of the classic English
track was fully 0.717 seconds faster than the second best man Regis
Laconi (Ducati NCR 998RS).
flat and generally quick track hosts an SBK race for the second year,
with a modified chicane on the entrance to the last Woodcote corner
making significant differences in lap time compared to last year. The
track is running around five seconds per lap slower than the previous
version, despite a slight decrease in overall length from 5.094km to
top wild card rider proved to be multiple British Champion John Reynolds
(Rizla Suzuki GSX-R1000) in third, making it a superb day for the Japanese
manufacturer. The local contingent on the overnight front row was completed
by SBK regular Chris Walker (HM Plant Ducati).
surprise fifth fastest performance from Italian privateer Giovanni Bussei
proved the worth of the four-cylinder 1000cc concept in SBK, with the
UnionBike R1 rider in fifth place on his Yamaha. Local ace Michael Rutter
(Renegade Ducati) was sixth as a wild card, with regulars James Toseland
(HM Plant Ducati) and Ruben Xaus (Ducati Fila 999) filling the second
provisional starting row.
dominated the championship thus far, Neil Hodgson (Ducati Fila 999)
struggled through a bout of ëflu and less than perfect bike set-up
to go ninth, 1.564 seconds from pole position. Pierfrancesco Chili rounded
out the top ten, while Troy Corser took the Foggy Petronas FP-1 to 15th.
James Haydon, his team-mate has been forced to miss his home round due
to suffering a compressed spinal disc in an Oschersleben crash.
One more day of Superbike qualifying remains, with Superpole determining
the grid positions of the final 16 in qualifying.
In the World Supersport Championship class the first day of qualifying
went the way of Stephane Chambon (Alstare Suzuki GSX-R600) who displaced
the fast Ten Kate Honda of Karl Muggeridge in the last few minutes of
the session. Significant levels of close and competitive action have
been a mark of Supersport action throughout its short but glorious history,
and this time around it was the Broc Parkes (BKM Honda) and World Supermoto
Champion Thierry van den Bosch (Yamaha Motor France) who split the last
few hundredths on the stopwatches to get to the provisional front row.
a good day for Supersport rookies, Simone Sanna took his Yamaha Belgarda
R6 to fifth overall. One of the most experienced riders in the warring
Supersport pack is Pere Riba, who finished his first day ever at Silverstone
in sixth place on his Kawasaki, making it four different makes of machine
in the top six.
Saturday morning qualifying, World Superbike round six, Silverstone,
(Friday qualifying times in brackets, if better)
1 Lavilla (Alstare Suzuki) 1:54.518 (1:53.162); 2 Laconi (NCR) 1:53.353;
3 Toseland (HM Plant Ducati)
1:53.660; 4 Chili (PSG-1) 1:53.836; 5 Kagayama (Rizla Suzuki) 1:53.918;
6 Reynolds (Rizla Suzuki)
1:53.960; 7 Hodgson (Ducati Fila) 1:54.245; 8 Walker (HM Plant Ducati)
1:54.574 (1:54.429); 9 Bussei
(UnionBike) 1:55.349 (1:54.607); 10 Rutter (Renegade Ducati) 1:54.922
(1:54.648). 18 Corser (Foggy
PETRONAS Racing) 1:55.560
Leader Hodgson sweats it out
to claim his 5th Pole of the year, Suzuki's Kagayama scores 2nd
Neil Hodgson had to endure a nerve-racking final ten minutes of Superpole
before clinching his fifth pole position of the year after the Ducati
Fila rider could only set seventh quickest in overall qualifying for
the British WSBK round at Silverstone.
lay down the gauntlet with a superb time of 1’52.875 but then
had to sweat it out for the rest of the session as Japanese wild-card
rider Yukio Kagayama (Suzuki), NCR Ducati’s Regis Laconi and Gregorio
Lavilla (Suzuki) all went close on their one-lap dash.
was terrible, it was so nerve-racking having to sit there and wait!”,
declared Neil. “Again I’ve struggled a bit through practice
and qualified seventh. Normally I get back in the garage and there are
only a couple of riders left to go, but this was a nightmare, I didn’t
enjoy it at all. We’re on a brand-new bike that’s never
been round Silverstone before so it’s been hard to get the right
setting. Silverstone has a lot of fast corners and when you close the
throttle it transfers the weight to the front, and we’re a bit
unstable at high speed. The problem with the new chicane is that we
will all be on each others back wheels when we come in but then you
have to play follow-my-leader to get through and it spreads the field
Ruben Xaus could only set tenth quickest time and will start tomorrow’s
races from row 3 after struggling to find a satisfactory set-up in qualifying.
Superpole lap was going well because I was up at the first split but
then I had a bit of a moment in the second section and lost precious
time there. My final split was also pretty good so I’m sure I
could have gone better” explained Ruben. “I’m not
particularly happy with my row 3 start but at least my race pace is
quite good after my long-run this afternoon so I’m looking forward
to battling with the other guys at the front tomorrow”.
1. Hodgson (Ducati Fila) 1’52.875; 2. Kagayama (Suzuki) 1’52.919;
3. Laconi (NCR Ducati) 1’53.043; 4. Lavilla (Suzuki) 1’53.044;
5. Rutter (Renegade Ducati) 1’53.327; 6. Toseland (HM Plant Ducati)
1’53.381; 7. Walker (HM Plant Ducati) 1’53.620 ….
10. Xaus (Ducati Fila) 1’53.871.
holds off Toseland, Xaus and Laconi in Race one.
Hodgson back out front on Sunday
Neil clinched his tenth win of the year by the slimmest of margins in
an astonishing race 1 battle with the two Suzukis of Lavilla and Kagayama,
team-mate Ruben Xaus, Laconi (NCR Ducati) and Toseland (HM Plant Ducati).
“It was an unbelievable race, Lavilla’s and Kagayama’s
lines were incredible” commented Neil. “It was really tough
out there because the lap times were slow, people were fighting for
the next corner and just not getting on with the race. I battled and
touched fairings with just about everybody!”
Xaus rode a superb race 1, which saw him take the lead at one point.
The Spanish rider inherited the final podium place when Lavilla crashed
out ahead of him at the chicane but kept a cool head in the last few
laps to finish third. “We worked hard all the weekend since Friday
and during the race I just took things nice and calm” declared
Ruben. “I knew the wild cards weren’t going to be able to
last the race in these conditions. I was just passing and passing until
I got the lead. Although I finished fourth, I’m really happy to
be on the podium again”.
It was more of the same as Neil had to work his way up from 9th on the
first lap. He moved into the lead on lap 10 but then had to contend
with Lavilla (Suzuki) for the remaining ten laps before taking the chequered
flag for his second win of the day and his eleventh of the year.
not good to be on pole here at Silverstone; I got an average start and
everyone came underneath me. I tried to pick one rider off each lap
and keep my eye on the leaders. Luckily JR and Ruben collided because
they were going to be difficult to pass. It’s been a fantastic
day for Ducati and I’d like to dedicate these wins in Britain
to David Jefferies, my close friend who was tragically killed in the
Isle of Man TT”.
again stepped onto the podium in race 2 with another gritty ride to
third after recovering from a clash with Reynolds (Suzuki) which sent
the Spaniard careering across the gravel trap. “I moved really
fast in the early laps to fourth, Reynolds was third and we touched.
I went across the grass and tried to get back on the track again, I
was giving it gas and the slicks were spinning so much. Then I recovered
and my lap times were really good. I nearly caught Gregorio at the end,
but I’m happy with third and it’s nice to have two Spanish
riders on the podium, there are too many British guys up here!”
1: 1. Hodgson (Ducati Fila); 2. Toseland (HM Plant Ducati);
3. Xaus (Ducati Fila); 4. Laconi (NCR Ducati); 5. Kagayama (Suzuki);
6. Reynolds (Suzuki); etc.
2: 1. Hodgson; 2. Lavilla (Suzuki); 3. Xaus; 4. Toseland
(HM Plant Ducati); 5. Kagayama; 6. Laconi.
Riders – 1. Hodgson 295; 2. Toseland 165; 3. Xaus 158; 4. Laconi
145; 5. Lavilla 131; 6. Walker 110; etc. Manufacturers – 1. Ducati
300; 2. Suzuki 158; 3. Petronas 52; 4. Kawasaki 51; 5. Yamaha 40; 5.
Hayden Ruled out to Race Silverstone
June 12th - Foggy Petronas racing rider James Hayden has been
ruled out of action for this weekend's sixth round of the World
Superbike Championship at his hoime country track at Silverstone.
old Englishman is undergoing scans and tests for the neck injuries
he sustained in a 100mph crash in the previous round in Germany
2 weeks ago. His London neurosurgen has already advised James
to miss this weekend's action, and the next round in San Marino
not know exactly what damage has been done," said James,
"but the specialist said straight away there was no way I
could race this weekend. There are a number of thisngs that could
be wrong so I am just hoping the news will not be too bad. I cannot
believe that I will be missing Silverstone."
MCN rates the Ducati 999 ahead of the top selling 1000cc sportbike
a current comparision test, England's popular Motor Cycle News
magazine compared the best selling 1000cc sportbike, Yamaha's
R1 with the new base model Ducati 999 Biposta and they rated the
Ducati as their favorite. You can read the comparision test HERE
You can also
read our FastDates.com test of the even faster Ducati 999S model
by SBK Fast Dates Calendar girl Janelle Perzina HERE
Troy Corser’s retirement in the second race of round six
of the World Superbike championship at Silverstone capped a frustrating
debut on British soil for Foggy PETRONAS Racing.
The Australian had finished the first race in 16th position after
an early mistake, which forced him wide onto the grass, left him
chasing the back markers after running into the grass on the very
first lap. But, despite a better start in an afternoon race when
Troy moved up into 13th, he was forced to pull into the pits when
his bike suffered an electrical system failure. Championship leader
Neil Hodgson won both races in front of 83,000 fans.
Nigel Bosworth said: “Of course we are all very disappointed
but we are also realistic. We are not going to beat Ducatis at
this stage of the FP1’s development. Our season started
well but that was when other teams were finding their way on new
bikes and making rapid improvements.
“We are also making improvements all the time and have made
progress this weekend with the cooling system, chassis development,
the new exhausts and by resolving the blow-by. But these are small
developments, which is only to be expected. We are also improving
the power of the engine but we do need to find more torque.
a shame Troy was unable to finish race two, especially as we were
in front of our British fans for the first time, who have been
very supportive and understanding. But we go to Misano knowing
that we have more set-up data for the bike, and Troy has had some
very good results there in the past. We are also examining all
options for finding a rider to replace the injured James Haydon
for that event.”
“I suppose we have just got to look upon this weekend as
another chance to develop the bike further with the data we have
gathered at our first meeting here. I am very frustrated, especially
after what happened in the first race, but the bike was cutting
out right from the start and then just wouldn’t run. It
was probably my best start of the season as well!”
Incredible LA Calendar Motorcycle Show
gets even hotter for the July 19-20th weekend!
SuperMoto Nationals, Jardine West Coast
Horsepower Dyno Shootout,
Jim's Machine Burn Out Contest,
Calendar Girl Pageant,
Iron Works magazine Olive Crest Charity Ride,
LA Times sponsorship,
and full TV coverage by Speed TV's American Thunder!
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on the 3rd weekend of July at the Queen Mary Event Park on the
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new activities added to this year's street bike extravaganza include
the RussBrown.com sponsored MotoMaster SuperMotard National, assured
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to appear include World and National roadrace and motocross stars
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Horsepower Dyno Shootout returns this year sponsored and produced
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new attraction this year will be the Jim's Machine Burnout Contest
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TAKES 999 TO GERMAN SUPERBIKE VICTORY
Austrian Superbike rider Andreas Meklau took his Red Bull Ducati
999 to victory in the German Superbike Championship at the weekend
at the Most circuit in the Czech Republic. Meklau, who raced the
HMC Ducati in the AMA series last year took the win after crashing
out in race 1 following a poor tyre choice.
The next round of the series is at the high-speed Salzburgring
in Austria on the 5th and 6th of July.