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Ready For Czech MotoGP Aug 15-17th

"…I am very positive for the race in Brno. About twenty days ago we did very successful tests, so I think I can do a good race there…" .

I’ve only just landed! I flew back to Montecarlo after a week’s holiday in Sardinia, and it was wonderful. I managed to relax a bit after the German GP at last.
Everything considered, Sachsenring was rather a good weekend. On Friday, I suffered a bit with the set-up. I couldn’t get the right feeling from the front end, so it wasn’t easy for me to go fast. We worked hard on Friday night to understand how we could improve, and we introduced a number of modifications. In the Saturday morning practice, the bike already felt much better.
Saturday afternoon I managed third place on the grid for the Sunday race, and we were all happy because our pace was very good. But then, we changed something to try and improve the bike, but instead, it felt worse and on Sunday morning, I even crashed in the warm-up.

My number 1 bike was destroyed, so I had to use my number 2 bike for the race. Clearly, I didn’t have the same feeling with my other bike as with my choice bike, because I hadn’t used it much in practice. So then I aimed at the best possible result, and after all, I think fourth place is more than satisfactory.

People thought that Sachsenring was not a suitable track for our Ducati Desmosedici, but all in all, I’m very happy with this result and I think that if we didn’t have that problem in the warm-up, I would have been at the front with Sete and Valentino fighting for the podium, because I had a good pace on Saturday, however, ifs and buts are useless, so all’s well.

This coming weekend I’ll be attending a three-day event for our chief sponsor Marlboro with our Desmosedici, and then I’ll return to Montecarlo to get ready to leave to Brno. I am very positive for the race in Brno. About twenty days ago we did very successful tests, so I think I can do a good race there. Our bike has progressed a lot over the past few months, so I hope we will start to benefit from here on.

I’m going to unpack now...I’ll speak with you soon. Happy holidays to you all!"

Up to Speed with
Ben Bostrom

08/08/03 – "Testing at Barber went really well last week. We were pretty fast, although we still need to gain about half a second by September. As I’ve said before, Barber is still one of the most beautiful tracks in the world. I want into George Barber’s museum though! I want so bad to see all of his bikes. I was peering through the window the first day that I arrived and thought about breaking the window just to get in and have a peek!

But the track is so fun to ride. There is so much grip, but at the same time there is no grip at all. You want to go so fast around the place that you spin the bike up everywhere. We’re shredding front tires in twelve laps. I think all the boys are in the same boat, though. We can do that at lots of other tracks if we run soft fronts, but here we run hard fronts and it still shreds. So we’ve got a few weeks to prepare for that. And next week we’re off to Virginia to get ready for our upcoming race there.

In Birmingham something else exciting happened. I got a ‘new’ car delivered at the track. A 1964 El Dorado. We’re going to drive it cross country very soon. She’s red, got white interior. She’s real fast! That trip will be great. A nice leisure cruise. We’ve done it before, brought a few cars back from points east. We’ll drive it cross country, stop at some hot springs and some climbing crags. You always hit Colorado and Utah, because they are amazing. Then back home to Vegas.

The photo shoot for American Health & Fitness magazine finally made it on the newsstands, too. We shot it months ago, maybe even before Daytona. Hope everyone got to see it. I should have done it like Miguel said and put in ridiculous figures on my training regimen! Speaking of training, my brother is still recovering from his shoulder surgery. I feel like I lost my training partner, so I’m looking forward to having him back healthy.
Oh, and big thanks to ‘Nonna Lucia’ for our Mid-Ohio podium.
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AMA MBNA 250 Grand Prix Series

PICKERINGTON, Ohio (July 30, 2004) -- Rich Oliver clinched his fifth AMA 250 Grand Prix Series title with his victory at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio on July 27. For Oliver, it marked a successful bid to win back the championship he last won in 1997. Like many of his previous championships, this year’s title run was marked by domination. Oliver is undefeated in nine rounds this season and wrapped up the series crown with two races remaining.

Oliver’s fifth championship is the culmination of an incredible racing career. He started his professional racing vocation in 1980 and quickly became a leading privateer in the AMA Superbike Series. Oliver seemed destined to become a factory Superbike rider, but factory rides became a rare commodity in the mid-1980s and Oliver turned to 250 Grand Prix racing in 1986. He was instantly successful on the GP bikes. In his first year in the series he won his first race at Pocono, Pa., and finished runner-up to Donnie Greene in the final standings. That victory would be the first of many for Oliver, who would go on to become the all-time wins leader of AMA 250 Grand Prix.

"It feels so good to get Robert (Ward, Oliver's tuner) that championship," Oliver said at the scenic Mid-Ohio racetrack after winning the title. "He's worked for me in 2000, 2001, 2002 and now 2003, so I've missed out every single time for him. This year I really wanted to make sure I won the thing. I just feel good about accomplishing something that I've been trying to accomplish since I came back to 250s from Superbike. It feels good. I'm not really jumping up and down today, but I probably will tomorrow when it sinks in a little more."

If Oliver manages to win the final two rounds of the series it will mark the third time he has been undefeated in the championship. He is the only rider in the history of the series to accomplish that feat. He has twice been nominated for AMA Speed Channel Pro Athlete of the Year.
Oliver has announced he will retire from racing full time after this season. He plans to continue expanding his racing school and perhaps run a team sometime in the future.

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World Superbike Shocker!

FGSport Group Press Release, August 4th: In its continuing development efforts for the Superbike World Championship, the FGSport Group, Organizer of the Championship, in collaboration with Pirelli, has defined a program for supplying tyres for the three categories in the Championship: Superbike, Supersport and Superstock.

Starting with the forthcoming season, Pirelli will be the exclusive supplier of tyres for all the teams that take part in the 45 races in 10 countries for the title of World and European Champion. The program will enable all the participants to compete under the same conditions with respect to tyres, which makes the performance of motorcycle manufacturers, team members and riders all the more important.

The agreement with Pirelli guarantees the supply of tyres for the Superbike World Championship for at least the next two years, 2004 and 2005, in addition to offering the teams additional advantages, such as:
• Guarantee of continuity and quality of the tyres supplied and the relevant services to all the teams and riders, in all the nations hosting the championship;
• Continuity of the technological development of the tyres;
• Tyres supplied will be of uniform high quality and available at advantageous and identical prices for all teams;
• Availability, for the entire duration of the partnership, of a Pirelli prize fund dedicated to riders, also to attract young talented riders to participate in the Championship.
In compliance with the pledges of the Superbike, Supersport and Superstock Championship and in compliance with requests submitted by the FIM - International Motorcycle Federation to return the Superbike World Championship to its original vocation, that is as near as possible to the characteristics expressed by the production motorcycles, Pirelli has accepted the supply proposal offered by the organizer of the Championship.

The President of the FGSport Group, Maurizio Flammini, commented: “The agreement with Pirelli, a world leader in the manufacture of tyres, guarantees the development and the continuity of the Superbike World Championship, which has been the primary thought behind our Group that has been committed to the organization of the Championship since 1988. Moreover, the agreement strictly adheres to the philosophy of the Championship that is to offer equal racing conditions to all participants. In this respect, we would like to thank Pirelli for the significant organizational and technological efforts that it will undertake over the next few years which, we are certain, will create the ideal conditions for new, important developments for motorcycle manufacturers, teams and riders in the Championship and in racing itself.”

Ugo Forner, General Manager of the Pirelli Motorcycle Business Unit, stated: “For our Tyres Department the Superbike World Championship represents a challenge from both a technical and technological development point of view the maximum expression of live trials that support and finalize advanced research and development carried out in our laboratories all over the world. It is further confirmation of the importance that Pirelli has always attributed to the competition for two- and four-wheel production vehicles, in order to experiment innovative solutions and accumulate know-how that can be implemented in producing our high-performing tyres.”

From the Editor - This Pirelli spec tire rule was first announced at Laguna Seca World Superbike and it was the most talked about news of the weekend. With most factory race teams sponsored in part by major tire contracts with other tire companies, noteably Michelin and Dunlop,in part because of tie-ins to their OEM supplied tires on their production bikes, this new spec tire rule requiring the use of purchased Pirelli tires just could be the nail in the coffin for World Superbike. Many of the Japanese factory teams like Ducati and Honda who are so closely associated with, say, Michelin may forgo the huge added cost of returning to World Superbike in 2004 (loss of their huge tire money and now having to purchase spec Pirelli tires) and instead, devote all their time and effort to the now much more popular MotoGP Series. World Superbike may just have relagated inself to the bush league of NASCAR with all privateer teams running highly regulated spec production bikes.

Wild card winning riders at Suzuka, Donnington and Brands Hatch and Laguna Seca will now be a thing of the past, and the real factory team racing in Superbike with the best riders will now take place at the National level in AMA, BSB, and Japanese Superbike racing with Manufacturer's distributor race teams on works bikes with different brands of tires. The next few months will see how the future unfolds for SBK - Jim Gianatsis

The Suzuka 8 Hours Endurance Race

Nukumi and Kamada / Sakurai Honda
Win Chaotic Suzuka 8 Hours

Suzuka, Japan, August 3, 2003: The Sakurai Honda Team of Yukio Nukumi and Manabu Kamata won a crash littered Suzuka 8 Hours held today, Sunday August 8, at the circuit the event is named after. The partnership tiptoed their way through oil spills, pace cars and numerous accidents to hand Honda their seventh consecutive victory in the most prestigious two-wheel event on the Japanese race calendar.

Nukumi and Kamada rode a fine calculated race, they held their nerve in heavy traffic as they slowly clawed their way to the front to duel with long term race leaders Kitagawa and Fujiwara on the number 8 Suzuki and
the number 7 Seven Stars VTR1000SP-W Honda of Tohru Ukawa and Hitoyasu Izutsu. These 3 teams were the major beneficiaries of a second lap crash that brought down two of Honda's chief hopes for success in the race, the Seven Stars team of VTR1000SP-W of Nicky Hayden - Ryuichi Kiyonari, and the Sakurai VTR of Tady Okada and Chozun Kameya, racing with number 74 in tribute to the late Daijiro Kato. But even the 3rd factory Seven Stars wouldn't make it to the finish as Tohru Ukawawa was eventually forced from his race lead with mechanical problems.

Tohru Ukawawa (7) , top qualifer on the Honda factory team Seven Stars was eliminated on lap 2 , together with the team's other bike ridden by Nicky Hayden.

The route cause of the crash came directly after the start as the field rushed into turn one. The Over Yamaha blew an engine and trailed oil through corner. As the race leaders crossed the line for the first time they were unaware of what was waiting for them as they hit turn one. Oil flag were waving but too late for Hayden, Okada and Atsushi Watanabe (Yoshimura Suzuki) who all hit the gravel track, race over.

Nickey Hayden and the Seven Stars team was one of the top factory teams eliminated by track oil on just lap 2.

"There were no oil flags shown on the straight when I got into my second lap." Said Hayden. "I saw it getting into Turn 1 but it was too late as the machine had started to slide by then."

Many thought the race should have been red flagged at that point due to the safety issue concerning the number of machines and attending circuit staff at the scene. Instead the Clerk of the Course decided to bring out the pace car for 20-minutes, he also incurred the wrath of the teams by having the damaged machines returned to the pits on the wrecker truck, a move that was to cause further confusion later in the race.

Okada was furious with the track staff at the scene of the incident. "I'm really angry with what happened. The track marshal put the bikes on the wrecker truck to get back to the pits. We knew this would be a problem."

With three of the most fancied teams quickly sidelined many feared the race would be deprived of some of its customary excitement. They need not have worried. When the pace car pulled off the track it left the number 7 Seven Stars Honda of Tohru Ukawa leading the number 8 Suzuki of Kitagawa and Fujiwara. The two teams then provided the excitement for the next hour. The Weider Honda CR954RR of former double 125cc World Champion Haruchika Aoki and Osamu Deguchi held third place. Their duel ended just before the second hour had been completed. Izutsu crashed the number 7 Honda at the hairpin breaking a handlebar and damaging a footrest. Izutsu got the machine back to the pits and after speedy repairs rejoined the race in 24th place. But they were forced out of the race soon after with a mechanical problem.

The winning Sakurai Honda VTR1000 of Nukumi and Kamada.

The sole remaining VTR10000SP-W, the number 71 Sakurai Honda of Yukio Nukumi and Manabu Kamada, was left to retrieve Honda's fortunes and they did it in great style. By the third hour they were into second place and closing relentlessly on the number 8 Suzuki. A lap later they were a mere 20 seconds adrift, the two machines one lap ahead of third placed Shinichi Nakatomi and Wataru Yoshikawa on the Presto Yamaha. The Weider Honda dropping back.

Fourth place was held by the F.C.C. TSR CBR954RR Honda in the hands of former grand prix stars Shinichi Itoh and Takeshi Tsujimura, which Itoh had taken to pole in the 'Special Stage.' The race was between the number 8 Suzuki and 71 Honda. As the fifth hour ended the two machines wee separated by just 21 seconds. Then the Suzuki pairing built on their lead to head the Honda duo by over 90 seconds at the seven-hour mark but their race was run soon after. When the Suzuki pitted for the final time to take on fuel and change tyres it refused to start and their race was run.

That left Nukumi and Kamata a whole lap clear of the Presto Yamaha, a lead they were never to surrender. While Nukumi raced the machine during the last stint Kamada stayed on the pit wall holding a picture of Daijiro Kato, a friend and hero to all Japanese motorcycle racers. While the team watched and prayed that nothing would deprive them of victory Nukumi and the Sakurai VTR10000SP-W cruised home covering 212 laps and gave Honda a victory that seemed beyond them after two hours of racing. The victorious pair were still clutching the picture of Kato when they mounted the podium to receive their trophies and the adulation of the crowd

The Presto Yamaha came home a lap down, one lap clear of the CCBR954RR of Itoh and Tsujimura. Aoki and Daguchi brought the Weider Honda home in seventh place, with Tatuya Yamaguchi and Yuki Takahashi finishing 10th for the 555 Honda team.

Leading Honda rider quotes: Manabu Kamada, Sakurai Honda, 1st: "The year before, I was on the podium as
a third rider but I didn't feel comfortable then, as I didn't ride at all. Today it was a great honour for me to win the race. When the Kenz Suzuki retired at the end of the 7th hour, I thought Daijiro (Kato) was pushing us. We wanted Okada san Kameya pair to win the race with the number 74 but when I saw Okada san
crashing we felt it was our turn to carry the Daijiro 's aim. I am sure if he were there he had won again this year.

Yukio Nukumi, Sakurai Honda, 1st: "I'm 37 years old now feel great that a team like Sakurai Honda asked me to race he 8-hous for them. Last year I raced with Nakatomi but we crashed, so I really wanted to finish the race this year. I very relaxed for me riding with Kamata san, he raced with my machine set up, so it was easy for me."

Nicky Hayden, Seven Stars Honda, dnf: "There was no oil flag shown at the straight when I got into my second lap. I saw it getting into the Turn 1 but it was too late as the machine started to slide by then. I couldn't do anything at that moment. If I had seen it earlier, I could have slowed down. All the hard works ended with only one lap and I feel bad for the team staff who worked so hard.""

Ryuichi Kiyonari, Seven Stars Honda, dnf: "I was worried about Nicky when I saw him crash. Then I was black-flagged when I was riding after the pit-works and I was disappointed. I still don't want to believe our race had finished."

Koji Nakajima, HRC General Team Manager: "Due to the following two reasons, we cannot consent with the situation which occurred today. First, although the track condition was dangerous after the lap 1 with oil spray all over it, oil flag was not shown at the main straight. Another point is that the machines were put on the wrecker and brought back to the pit following the decision by the organizer. Mr Isoyo Sugimoto, the Clerk of the Course, explained that it was his decision to put the machines on the wrecker as he thought it was dangerous for the riders to push the machine from Turn 1 to the pit. Therefore, the machines and riders were put on the wrecker against their wishes. But the organizer stated they were regarded as non-finishers as
they got on the wrecker. The situation is totally unacceptable to us. In our opinion, the race should have been stopped at the moment and we think that the organizer is not thinking of the safety seriously. As we can not accept the situation, we made a protest to the Jury. However, no answer had been given at the time of 3:00pm. Mean while, #11 machine (of Hayden's) restarted the race after repairing works, but was black-flagged.

As Mr. Fujio Yoshimura had said, spectators who are here this year, are enthusiasts and were disappointed by the situation where top teams had disappeared soon after the start. It was lucky that no rider had been seriously injured today, but we would strongly request to the organizer to improve their safety measures.

Toru Ukawa, Seven Stars Honda, dnf: "The track condition in the first hour was terrible with oil all over it. They should have showed a red flag then. Many riders had crashed and the pace cars got on the track twice during the first hour. As the top teams had disappeared, it was easy pace for me to lead the race after that. It was very disappointing to retire from the race. But that's racing."

Hitoyasu Izutsu, Seven Stars Honda, dnf: "When I crashed at hairpin, it wasn't because of oil. I crashed because there was a slower rider in front of me. Then after the pit-work, I was trying to catch up when the machine broke."

Kazuhiko Yamano, team manager Ukawa - Izutsu: "The reason of the machine trouble has nothing to do with Izutsu's crash at the hairpin. He was doing 2m10s trying to catch up. It's disappointing to retire form the race." Koji Nakajima, HRC General Team Manager: "It's disappointing as we have to accept the situation where both the Seven Stars Honda had to retire. We have to apologize to the fans who are here to support Honda."

Calendar Girl Strikes Gold
Aug 4, 2003: Joe Millionaire, Evan Marriott, created quite a stir at Bar on Four in Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills. He and his Pamela Anderson look-alike girlfriend, Gabrielle Tuite a former Calendar girl and featured in the Fast Dates and Garage Girls Calendar Videos, locked lips and were all over each other for over half an hour, making out nonstop like they were teenagers in full view of staff and customers. Then Evan took his gorgeous gal downstairs to the lingerie department, where HE picked out a slew of the steamiest, sexiest panties and bras and bought them for her. The couple was last seen leaving the store, still kissing all the way out. Gabrielle is also featured in some very sexy pictorials in our Members Corner.

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Foggy dumps James Hayden
You could be next!

Foggy PETRONAS Racing
searching for a new rider

13 August, 2003:Foggy PETRONAS Racing will not seek to retain the services of James Haydon when his contract expires at the
end of the current 2003 season.
Haydon was signed at the beginning of the 2002 season to join Troy Corser in developing the FP1 – the
Malaysian superbike.
The 28-year-old was denied the chance of any track action in 2002, when the team’s debut was delayed until this year. But James has since struggled to find a balance between his riding style and the new bike at a
succession of new circuits on the World Superbike calendar.

Team owner Carl Fogarty said: “I genuinely feel sorry that this has not worked out for James. I signed him
because of his aggressive style and determined nature but, for whatever reason, this has not suited our bike.
While Troy raves about the handling of the FP1, James has clearly struggled to find a set-up that works for him.

“Circumstances have been difficult, as he has been competing at a number of new circuits, which is never easy.
And he has had bad luck at times, such as the two crashes at Laguna, neither of which were his fault. We all
hope that he goes on to recreate the kind of form and results which attracted us to him in the first place.
“We will now start the search for a replacement to work alongside Troy, who has another year of his contract to run, in challenging for wins next year.”

James said: “It has been a difficult two seasons. To sit out and be a spectator to WSB in 2002 was probably the hardest job I have ever had to do. To then attempt to find a set-up on the new bike on a race by race basis rather than through testing has not been ideal, but I feel Brands helped a lot. I look forward to my last three races and finishing the season on a high.

“I know the FP1 has the potential to be a winner and I wish PETRONAS and the team all the best for the future.”

Yamaha resigns Jurgen van den Goorbergh for 2004
6/8/2003 - Yamaha has announced the resigning of Jurgen van den Goorbergh for the 2004 season. The Dutchman will continue to race for the Yamaha Belgarda Team in the Supersport World Championship.

The Monaco-based 33-year-old - originally from Breda in The Netherlands - joined the Italian distributor’s team on the eve of the 2003 campaign. He adapted quickly to the production-based Yamaha YZF-R6 after a career spent largely on two-stroke Grand Prix machinery and is currently second in the world championship after eight rounds of the 11 race series.

Commenting on the contract extension, Jurgen said: “Before the start of this season I wasn't sure how things would go, after all, I had no experience of four-strokes and I would be working with an Italian team, which was also new to me.

“But I have been really surprised. We are fighting for the championship in my first season and off-track I really enjoy life in the Supersport paddock and working with the Belgarda team. They are such a professional bunch of guys and they have welcomed my brother Patrick, who is my mechanic, and me into the team. There was no reason for me to look elsewhere, the R6 will not be new to us next year and the development work we have carried out over the season, particularly to the fuel injection mapping, means that we should go into 2004 with a stronger package than our rivals and a big chance of winning the title.”

Belgarda Yamaha Team Manager Massimo Meregalli added: “Jurgen's Grand Prix experience has been important to us this year. We have been on a steep learning curve with two new riders, both of whom had no previous four-stroke experience, and a new bike in the 2003 YZF-R6, which featured fuel injection for the first time. On top of that we changed to Pirelli tyres and WP suspension. But Jurgen has a very analytical way of working and his ability to feel the smallest changes in bike set-up has given us a great deal of feedback and, together with the experience of our team staff, we were able to run up front from the beginning. We have built our team carefully over the last years to be one of the best in racing. Now Jurgen is second in the championship and you can be assured we will be trying our hardest to win the 2003 title in the remaining three rounds.”

Round nine of the Supersport World Championship takes place on the weekend of 5-7 September in Assen, the Netherlands.

Suzuka 8 Hour Team Results: Pos'n/No./Team/Nat./Bike/Class
1/71/Team Sakurai Honda/JPN/Honda VTR1000SPW/SB
2/21/YSP Presto Racing/JPN/Yamaha YZF-R1/JSB
3/778/F.C.C. TSR Zip-FM Racing Team/JPN/Honda CBR954RR/XF1
4/3/Suzuki GB Phase One/GBR/Suzuki GSX-R1000/SP
5/22/Team 22 Police Nationale & Tsukigi Racing/FRA/Suzuki GSX-R1000/SP
6/29/Clever Wolf Racing Team/JPN/Yamaha YZF-R17/XF1
7/44/Weider Honda Academy DD Boys/JPN/Honda CBR954RR/JSB
8/68/Corona Extra Tiforce Endurance/USA/Suzuki GSX-R1000/XF1
9/86/Corona Light Tiforce Endurance/USA/Suzuki GSX-R1000/SP
10/555/Masked Rider 555 Honda/JPN/Honda CBR954RR/JSB
11/9/Beet Motul Racing/JPN/Kawasaki ZX-9R/XF1
12/19/Moriwaki Motul Racing/JPN/Honda CBR954RR/XF1
13/31/Wins Factory & Vega Sports/JPN/Suzuki GSX-R1000/JSB
14/20/Gar Field Rsk/JPN/Suzuki GSX-R1000/XF1
15/40/Honda Hamamatsu Escargot CBR/JPN/Honda CBR954RR/JSB
16/87/F.C.C. TSR/JPN/Honda CBR954RR/JSB
17/6/RS-Itoh Kaze/JPN/Kawasaki ZX-7RR/SB
18/38/Team 38/JPN/Kawasaki ZX-9R/XF1
19/18/Team Yoshiharu Yokkaichi/JPN/Honda CBR954RR/JSB
20/10/Honda Blue Helmet MSC/JPN/Honda VTR1000SP-2/SB
21/35/Honda Sofukai Suzuka Racing Team/JPN/Honda VTR1000SP-2/SB
22/37/Himeji Kawasaki Racing Team/JPN/Kawasaki ZX-9R/XF1
23/41/Honda Hamamatsu Escargot Sayama/JPN/Honda VTR1000SP-2/SB
24/65/Team M R/JPN/Suzuki GSX-R1000/JSB
25/27/RS-Itoh Kaze/JPN/Kawasaki ZX-7RR/SB
26/61/Team T.K.M. Xynas/JPN/Suzuki GSX-R1000/JSB
27/45/Y Racing Team/JPN/Yamaha YZF-R17/XF1
28/900/Honda Kouyoukai & Auto Technic/JPN/Honda CBR954RR/JSB
29/894/Yamashina Kawasaki Kansai Gachinko Juku /JPN/Kawasaki ZX-7RR/SB
30/33/Project Big-1/JPN/Honda CB1300SF/XF2
31/50/T Motokids/JPN/Suzuki GSX-R1000/JSB
32/97/Team Kyoto Design Academy/JPN/Honda CBR954RR/JSB
33/15/Team Etching Factory/JPN/Yamaha YZF-R1/XF1
34/77/Team Hashimoto Gumi/JPN/Suzuki GSX-R1000/JSB
35/5/X-One Mondial/ITA/Mondial Piega 1000/XF1
36/34/Honda Kumamoto Racing/JPN/Honda VTR1000SP-2/SB
37/88/Team Teledash/JPN/Honda CBR954RR/JSB
38/23/Driver Stand RT/JPN/Suzuki GSX-R1000/ST
39/28/Team Little Wing/JPN/Honda CBR929RR/ST
40/8/Kenz J Trust Mojo Suzuki/JPN/Suzuki GSX-R1000/JSB
41/763/Team Tuchi Honoo YDS Vritz Ken-Jin/JPN/Yamaha YZF-R1/JSB
42/248/Five Helitex Nishi San/JPN/Suzuki GSX-R1000/JSB
43/4/La Berezza Speed/JPN/Ducati Monster S4/XF2
44/51/T Motokids Shin Nichi Co. Ltd /JPN/Yamaha YZF-R1/JSB
45/59/Team Mo2Moto Sport Hirose/JPN/Kawasaki ZX-7RR/SB
46/14/Club Yamaha MCR/JPN/Yamaha YZF-R17/XF1
47/58/Mechbox-Garage, Harada/JPN/Kawasaki ZX-9R/JSB
48/30/Wins Factory/JPN/Suzuki GSX-R1000/JSB
49/55/Hmf.Tmdr.Verity Signhouse Monster/JPN/Suzuki GSX-R1000/JSB
50/32/Heat Magic By Win, Factory /JPN /Suzuki GSX-R1000/JSB
51/135/Boxer Sports Club/JPN/BMW R1100S/XF2
52/72/Kits PS Supply/JPN/Kawasaki ZX-9R/XF1

DNF/39/Team Challenger/JPN/Yamaha YZF-R1/JSB
DNF/24/Team Nobunaga Ramen/JPN/Suzuki GSX-R1000/JSB
DNF/2/Zongshen 2/CHN/Suzuki GSX-R1000/SP
N/C/76/Syoji Yanagimoto And His Fellows Iwaki T2/JPN/Suzuki GSX-R1000/JSB
N/C/16/Team Etching Factory/ JPN/ Yamaha YZF-R1/XF1
N/C/36/36Racing/JPN/Kawasaki ZX-9R/XF1
N/C/54/Racing Supply Kintoun/JPN/Suzuki GSX-R1000/JSB
N/C/69/Roadway Shigacycle!/JPN/Kawasaki ZX-7RR/SB
N/C/1/Zongshen 1/CHN/Suzuki GSX-R1000/SP
N/C/64/Team Osg Moto Sport/JPN/Yamaha YZF-R1/XF1
N/C/7/Seven Star Honda/JPN/Honda VTR1000SPW/SB
N/C/899/Team Motoliberty Arata-Ex & Kiss FM Kobe/JPN/Honda CBR954RR/XF1
N/C/768/Team Yoshiharu!/JPN/Honda CBR954RR/XF1
N/C/48/Team Motokuritza/JPN/Suzuki GSX-R1000/JSB
N/C/74/Team Sakurai Honda/JPN/Honda VTR1000SPW/SB
N/C/11/Seven Star Honda/JPN/Honda VTR1000SPW/SB
N/C/12/Yoshimura SuzukiGP1 With Daxim/JPN/Suzuki GSX-R1000/JSB
N/C/795/Over Racing Radio/JPN/Yamaha YZF-R1/JSB

Memorandiums to the death
of British Superbike Champ
Steve Hislop

Reigning British Superbike Champion Steve Hislopdied in a helicopter crash near Hawick in the Scottish Borders on Wednesday. The 41-year-old Scot, who won the BSB title in 1995 and in 2002 as well as taking eleven race wins in the Isle of Man TT, was thought to have been flying alone to visit friends in the area when the crash happened.

Nicknamed “Hizzy” by his numerous fans, the two-times BSB champion had ridden a Ducati in recent years. He dominated the British series in 2001 before an accident at Rockingham forced him to miss the last rounds, and then claimed his second title one year later with the MonsterMob Ducati team.

Hislop, who started the 2003 season on a Yamaha, had recently signed to ride for ETI Ducati in the British championship and was to make his debut with the team in this weekend’s round at Oulton Park.

The Scot caused a worldwide sensation in Donington qualifying a couple of years back when he lapped quicker than Valentino Rossi’s Honda 500cc GP bike on the two-year-old Ducati 998 he used in the British Superbike series.

On behalf of all at Paul Bird Motorsport like so many, we are saddened and shocked by the news of Steve Hislop’s tragic accident resulting in his untimely death.
Steve rode for the team for two very successful seasons and gave us not only our first British Superbike title but our first World Championship pole position at Donington Park, all of which we will never forget.
The combination of Paul Bird Motorsport and Steve Hislop proved the one to beat in 2001 and 2002, which culminated in him winning last season’s championship and in doing so completed his fairytale return to the top after injury and bad luck dogged his previous bids.

Team owner Paul Bird said, “We will forever be indebted to Steve for what he has done for us. It’s fair to say we wouldn't be where we are now if it wasn’t for him. For now all our thoughts are with his dedicated mum Margaret and his two lovely children Connor and Aaron. All of us are going to miss him but we will all remember him very fondly.”

As you may know, Steve Hislop, the reigning British Superbike Champion, has died. “Hizzy,” who signed for the ETI Ducati squad after Rockingham, was to make his debut for the team at Oulton Park. The talented Scottish rider was sadly killed in a helicopter accident just outside of Hawick.
Hizzy was a rider of his era with two British Superbike titles (1995, 2002) and 11 TT wins under his belt. The Scotsman started the 2003 season with Virgin Yamaha riding an R1; due to his riding style he was unable to get to grips with the bike and left the team after Rockingham. A few days later he signed a deal that would bring him back to the machines that gave him his last Superbike crown: the Ducati 998. The team was proud and excited to have Hizzy ridding under the ETI Banner for the remaining 2003 season.

I have been privileged to have known Steve for a number of years and was with him at Rockingham when he had his accident with John Reynolds. Just before the race he went to the officials and mentioned to them that the air barriers at turn 1 were not good enough; if a bike hits the barrier before the rider then the barrier would not protect the rider. It was like he knew what was going to happen.
Steve also had respect for the fans. At Mallory last year he was unable to go to the toilet due to fans asking for his autograph. One gentleman produced a cake which he made with an icing picture of Steve from his last Superbike title in 1995. Steve went red in the face as he needed to go the toilet but did not want to upset the gentleman who had given him the cake. This person kept him talking for 40 minutes. Steve came over to Gary and I after he had gone to the toilet and told us in his best Scottish accent that he had nearly wet himself and could see us both laughing at him.
He seemed embarrassed by the whole thing; people waving banners with his name on them, asking for his autograph. He was puzzled because he was only doing something he loved to do.

Steve was also a family man with two young boys, Aaron and Connor, and also a partner to Alison, or “Ali” as she is known. They have to come to terms with this huge loss and our thoughts go out to them.

Alistair, Ian and the rest of the ETI squad send their condolences to the family of Steve Hislop and share their sorrow but also share their comfort. Hizzy died doing something he had a passion for: flying his helicopter.
This racing giant will be missed in the paddock; he will be hard to replace.
Dwain Morgan -Team ETI Racing

Ducati Corse director Paolo Ciabatti said: “This is very sad news today. Steve was a really great rider and a fantastic person. We all will miss him very much.”

Ducati Fila rider Neil Hodgson, who was a good friend of Steve’s, was devastated by the news, which comes just weeks after the death of another close friend, David Jefferies, in a crash at the Isle of Man TT.

“I’m really shocked and saddened,” he commented from his Isle of Man home. “Steve Hislop was a very good friend of mine. When we moved here to live, Steve was a big influence on that decision as he already lived here and he remained a great friend over the years.”

“He was a fantastic rider on his day, as good as any of the best riders in the world, and he achieved a lot more than 99% of people who go racing. What he did at Donington that day sums Steve Hislop up – it was his finest hour and his ability to do things like that was incredible,” he added.