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Well the outlaw kid who was beggin' us to photograph his bikes back in 1998 for the Mikuni sponsored Iron & Lace calendar, and who spent the afternoon of our photo shoot with Jennifer chuckin' rocks and breaking glass bottles perched on the wooden posts in the photo backgound, is now the hottest celebrity custom bike builder in America. Jesse's TV show Monster Garage on the Discovery Channel has turned bad boy Jesse into a millionaire and the German iron cross bike shop logo for his shop West Coast Choppers into celebrity icons, just like Paris Hilton and her VonDutch baseball cap.
The spotlight and the money have fueled Jesse's bad boy image and reckless lifestyle even more. Jesse's onbsession centers on attitude, fast cars and bikes, and even faster women. Jesse was divorced for playing the field by his first wife a few years back, he then was remarried to porn star Jannine Lindemulder, but that marriage recently ended after just 12 months. But not before Jannine copied Jesse's full body biker tattoos, esentially ended her nude acting and modeling career. Hopefully Jannine had a good Pre Nuptual agreement before she went under the needle....
Getting in a little night time practice, our own SBK Fast Dates Calendar Angels, Miss Great Britain Nicki Lane keeps Chandi Mason under under control aboard James Toseland's 2003 season Ducati 998F02, the bike which earned james a spot on this year's factory Ducati team. See lots more of our Angels with all the top factory superbikes in large format high quality images in Members Corner.
World Superbike Pre-Season Testing Kicks Off
were most favourable in the morning sessions, and for Regis Laconi
(Ducati Fila) the tests were seen as a success, with the Frenchman
lapping hard on all three days, setting competitive single lap and
race simulation times. Laconi’s best race long effort would
have placed him on the podium in one of last year’s Phillip
Island races, even without the spur of actual competition to boost
his performance still further.
The unique Petronas FP-1 three-cylinder machines of 1996 World Champion Troy Corser and Chris Walker were also at Phillip Island, with both riders setting times within the 1:35 bracket, on a machine which is still to develop its full potential. A new cooling system helped the team keep the engine temperature under firmer control. Corser, one of the best development riders in the world, as well as one of the fastest in competition, experienced some chatter during the tests, but declared that the lap times were about where he expected them to be at this stage of the evolution of the technically fascinating FP-1.
As the season approaches the final line up of riders in the series now includes another pilot who has proved his global credentials time and again - Australian Garry McCoy. Now resident in Andorra, McCoy drove to the pre-Christmas SBK/Pirelli test to join his new 2004 team, NCR Ducati. Having injured his right radius in a celebrity Supermoto race a short while beforehand, McCoy completed only a handful of laps on his Ducati 999 RS but with at least one further test scheduled before he makes his competitive debut in SBK at Valencia on 29 February, he is expected to be on pace from the first outing.
The next Valencia test will see the public debut of the all-new Honda Fireblade, prepared by Ten Kate and ridden by reigning World Supersport Champion Chris Vermeulen. Other notable 2004 SBK entries include the Zongshen Chinese team, featuring experienced pilots Warwick Nowland and Piergiorgio Bontempi on Suzuki GSX-R1000 machinery, plus the competitive DFX Ducati squad, featuring Steve Martin and Marco Borciani on customer 999s.
In World Supersport
another year of intense competition beckons, with top class entries
from Ducati, Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki and Yamaha all preparing for
another dip in the Supersport crucible.
In the previous Valencia tests Ten Kate Honda riders Karl Muggeridge and Broc Parkes, plus Klaffi Honda pilot Sebastien Charpentier were in attendance, setting quick lap times throughout. The Yamaha line up for 2004 will be spearheaded by Jurgen van den Goorbergh and Fabien Foret from the Belgarda team and Christian Kellner and Kevin Curtain from the Yamaha Motor Germany outfit. Suzuki’s usual dynamic duo of Stephane Chambon and Katsuaki Fujiwara will have an updated 2004 machine to compete with in Supersport.
Honda and Yamaha Kick off
2004 MotoGP Season with Tests at Sepang
January 20- 22nd, 2004, Sepang, Malaysia - The New Year saw its first MotoGP action at the Sepang Circuit today, with a packed test session at the Malaysian track bringing to an end the testing prohibition in place for the last month.The Honda MotoGP teamswere the first to start with their private tests for 3 days beginning January 20th. In contrast to the thunderous downpours that shrouded the region on the eve of the test, the Honda riders were greeted with bright sunshine on their arrival at the circuit around 9am, and began work right away to avoid the forecast afternoon drenching. With the air temperature hovering between the 30† and 35† mark throughout the day, testing is tough at this circuit for both rider and machine, but the limit-pushing extremes of this, the accommodating yet challenging circuit and the constant warm asphalt temperatures mean that testing here is vital to most team's pre-season plans. On the first day riders did have to stop an hour early at 4pm due to light rain affecting parts of the track.
Camel Pramac Pons' Max Biaggi is a past winner at Sepang, and is no stranger to the conditions, he clocked a lap time of 2'03.47 on the first day , breaking the lap record set in the race here just three months ago. Max then proceeded to lower his his times even more in the following 2 days, recorde athe top time of the test on day 2 with a 2m 02.585s. Following him past this benchmark was Telefonica MoviStar Honda's Sete Gibernau, who set a best lap of 2'02.7, last year's runner-up keen not to be outdone in the early psychological battles.
Gibernau's new team-mate Colin Edwards continues his rapid adaptation to the RC211V, setting a 2'03.3 by the third day, with Camel Honda's Makoto Tamada enjoying the extreme track conditions to record a 2'03.5 his Bridgestone shod RCV. Nicky Hayden made his first ride of the 2004 pre-season after undergoing surgery on his thumb, and posted a 2'04.72 which dropped to 2'03.2 by day 3, whilst Tohru Ukawa rode a development machine in his new role as HRC's official test rider, clocking 2'05.66 on ay 1 and dropping to 2'03.5 on day 3.
The final day of three test days saw Sete Gibernau of Telefonica MoviStar Honda have an engine problem which threatened to do the same for him, however the Spaniard had his team put in his previous day's engine, to go on to set some fast laps during a race simulation session. Max Biaggi (Camel Honda Team) was quick once more, and began to look even more at home on the RC211V as he did more endurance tests with Michelin tyres like many of the Honda riders today. Colin Edwards (Telefonica MoviStar Honda) perhaps had done too much, as he called it a day early feeling the effects of the intensive work after a long winter break.
- Day 1: 2m 03.47s. 47 laps / Day 3: 2m 02.585s.
Day 3 - "It's been a quite good three days here in Sepang. The temperature helps a lot, it means we can play around with set-up and test many different tyres. I always felt comfortable here, and have been consistently fast, that's the main thing. I'm happy with what equipment I've got at the moment, it's definitely an improvement on what we had before, but we have to look to the future and we will hope for even more developments, because that is what it is all about. I and the team will all be trying 100 percent to do our best, so we are looking forward to continuing our work here in a couple of weeks time."
Gibernau - Day 1: 2m 03.51s. 58 laps
/ Day 2: 2m 02.7s.
Day 3 - "It
was a very strange and difficult day. I went out with a new engine
this morning and it broke almost immediately. I had the choice to
put in yesterday's engine or stop, so we decided to carry on but take
things easy and maybe even limit its performance slightly to not go
through the same problem. I wanted to do this to try and get some
new information for Michelin by doing an endurance session. The front
tyres we used were a
Tamada- 2m 04.00s. 41 laps / Day 3: 2m 03.2s. 76 laps
Edwards - Day 1: 2m 04.72s. 51 laps / Day 3: 2m 03.3s. 38 laps
Day 3 -"I
was worried before coming here because I knew I had to do lots of
laps on the 17-inch front for Michelin, which I haven't done for four
years since I began working on the 16.5 with the Superbike. I think
I maybe felt
Hayden - Day 1: 2m 04.72s. 57 laps / Day 3: 2m 03.2s. 68 laps
Ukawa - Day 1: 2m 05.66s. 62 laps / Day 3: 2m 03.2s. 76 laps
confirms 2004 MotoGP line-up, tests at Sepang 1/24-26th
Both teams will be running factory Yamaha YZR-M1 motorcycles and will be running under the Altadis-Yamaha sponsorship programme. Valentino Rossi will ride in the blue of Altadis’ leading international Gauloises brand. Team-mate Checa’s Yamaha YZR-M1, on the other hand, will sport the red and silver of Altadis’ Fortuna, the market leading tobacco brand in Spain, and strongly developing internationally.
Similarly in the Tech 3 team Marco Melandri will ride in Fortuna colours with Norick Abe in Gauloises. The unusual move suits Altadis’ marketing strategy with Rossi representing their leading international brand while Checa stays linked to Fortuna for a second year. The Fortuna brand is also present on the Italian market and hence Melandri’s second year in Fortuna colours while Norick Abe is important for Gauloises in the Japanese market where the brand was recently relaunched in autumn 2003.
The four Yamaha riders will start their 2004 testing programme with three days at the Sepang circuit in Malaysia from 24 to 26 January. The test will be Valentino Rossi’s first on the Yamaha YZR-M1.
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