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SET FOR RETURN OF MOTOGP TO THE USA: RED BULL U.S. GRAND PRIX
IS JULY 8-10, 2005
MONTEREY, Calif. (August 23, 2004) - The Federation Internationale
de Motocyclisme (FIM) has released the pre-calendar for the 2005
MotoGP World Championship with July 8-10 as the date for the Red
Bull U.S. Grand Prix at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
the 2005 Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix are on sale now. General admission
tickets and a limited number of paddock passes are on sale now
via the track's ticket office - 1-800-327-SECA (7322) - during
normal business hours or online at www.lagunaseca.com/Tickets.
will be sent to those who purchased tickets for the 2004 Honda
Superbike Classic by the end of August. Non-renewed tickets/camping
will be released to sell beginning Monday, October 25, 2004 at
8 a.m. via telephone at 800-327-SECA.
for the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix have yet to be determined.
is available by calling Jeanie Sumners at (831) 648-5111 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hospitality information is available by calling Ann Bixler at
(831) 648-5111 or email@example.com.
on MotoGP World Championship is available online at www.motogp.com.
More information on Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is available online
MotoGP Deal for Laguna Seca
The rumor mill has Laguna Seca signing a 5 year deal to secure
MotoGP in America, with a special price concession on the $1.5
plus million dollar sanction fee the first 2 years to get the
event established here.
Unfirtunately MotoGP gets a exclusive to all the sponsorships
and signagre it beings to the track for its one race, so Laguna
Seca Raceway must make its sole income form spectator ticket prices
the Laguna Seca facility (aka Mazda Raceway) can not accomodate
more than 30,000 people at best,and that they will have production
costs around $250,000 (employees, police, advertising, equiment
rental, etc), the track will need to make $2 million to turn a
profit, they need to charge at least $67.00 for a base general
with an AMA Superbike weekend, required FIM track imporverments,
etc., and ticket prices could start closer to $100 each. Certainly
in line with the ticket prices now shown on the Laguna Seca website
at $55 for 1-day, $90 for a 3-day General Admission Pass, and
looking for new World Superbike Venue
Despite the loss of its veue at laguna Seca, FGSports producer
of the SBK World Superbike Championship would like to return to
America in 2005. One minor glich is, that at present no motorcycle
track in America is FIM approved, including Barbour Motorsports
Czech Grand Prix, Brno
August 20, 21, 22 2004
The 16-round MotoGP World Championship prepares
to recommence after a three week summer interval, reconvening
in Brno on August 22. The Gauloises Fortuna Yamaha Team approaches
its latest challenge in far better shape than the majority of
its rivals, after some outstanding individual and team performances
since the start of the season in April.
World number one Valentino Rossi has displayed dazzling winning
form in his first Yamaha year. His five 2004 victories thus far
are as impressive as they were somewhat unexpected at this early
stage of the new partnership. The upshot of the 25-year-old’s
points gathering performances, and the ever increasing capabilities
of the Yamaha YZR-M1, is a 22-point lead over their closest competitors
in the Riders’ Championship.
Carlos Checa, the Fortuna-branded rider in Yamaha’s cosmopolitan
factory squad, has experienced an up and down season so far, his
pinnacle performance was second at Le Mans in round three. He,
like Rossi, is a big fan of the high-speed turns and committed
downhill corner entries of the Brno track, a point which gives
all involved a high degree of confidence at what is a Gauloises
Rossi’s blue M1, as well as an on-track points gatherer,
scooped an award from a spectator survey conducted at the Donington
MotoGP weekend from British biking weekly Motor Cycle News (MCN).
The bike was voted best designed machine of 2004, while the factory
team was blessed with the accolade of favourite team in the paddock,
proof of the overall prowess and high profile of the Yamaha factory
Surfing high on the wave of Rossi’s latest crushing triumph
at the Donington Grand Prix three weeks ago, the team nonetheless
continued its relentless pace of development by staying in situ
to test one day later. The aim to solve some set-up issues which
had appeared on occasion this year was achieved. After this successful
one-day test the team has enjoyed its longest break since the
start of 2004, recharging batteries in readiness for the final
gruelling segment of the season.
ROSSI REFRESHED AND DETERMINED
Out to repeat his perfect performance of race victory, fastest
qualifying time and lap record in last year’s Brno event,
Rossi knows he will have to labour hard in qualifying to repeat
his 2003 success story.
“I made a beautiful race in Brno last year,” said
the Italian. “It’s not necessarily my favourite circuit
and I really don’t know how the M1 will go there as it’s
so diverse; high speed but still with many turns, up and downhill
sections, adverse cambers, et cetera. Anyway, Checa was good there
last year and Yamaha is very fast there traditionally.”
Rossi knows he has to keep the pressure on his opponents at this
vital part of the season. “Although I’m leading the
championship it’s not by enough points to feel safe yet,
every point from now on is crucial if we are to think about being
in a position to win the championship. The win in Donington before
the summer break was magic but there were still some problems
and room for improvement. We made some good progress in the one-day
test after Donington, where we tested new front fork settings
and engine mapping. The stability felt better and it was a worthwhile
day - but we still have a way to go.”
Rossi acknowledges that it is not only himself he has to consider
at Brno. “This year has so far been a real surprise and
we have made remarkable progress. But Honda have made a lot of
progress at the same time, and Sete and Max are stronger now than
ever. I know that Yamaha will have been working non-stop through
the summer break to make even more improvements, so let’s
see what happens in Brno. The riders have had three weeks off
so everyone should be revitalized. It’s certainly going
to be a great second half of the season, perhaps with even better
battles than there have been in the first half.”
Race Quotes From Bruno
Sete Gibernau, Telefonica MoviStar Honda, 1st: "That was
an incredible race - entertaining but at the same time very hard.
If that's the way it looked from the outside, then just imagine
what it was like for us! First of all I want to say thanks to
Honda, to Mr Kanazawa, for all the support they have offered us
from the start of the season and for the new material we have
received here at Brno.
we didn't have time to test it because of the weather. We wanted
to win this race and it was a tough decision but the whole team
thought it was best to go with what we knew despite a big effort
from HRC. We were competitive in the wet and the dry and the result
was ideal. Michelin also contributed with a good tyre choice despite
the fact that there was very little time to decide what was best.
I am sure we will get to Estoril even stronger and more motivated."
Team Manager: "Today it was important not to make any mistakes
and to get some points back in the championship. It wasn't easy
to leave the new material in the box but Sete preferred to concentrate
on the race and use the bike he already knew so this is a great
result for him and the team. It was fundamental to get back on
the top step of the podium. Tomorrow we'll concentrate on the
tests we have organised alongside Honda, who are keen to prepare
as well as possible for what promises to be a very tough end to
, Camel Honda (Michelin Tyres): 3rd: “First of all I have
to thank my team and Honda because despite the problems we had
during the weekend, in the short time between the end of the warm-up
and the race they managed to get in shape to fight for the podium.
I think I put the rest in, firstly with a good start, probably
my best of the year, and then fighting tooth and nail for the
top spots. We weren’t right in the braking areas, and now
we have two test days where I want to get the bike ready to take
– Camel Honda (Team Principal) : “it was a great day
for our team with Max on the podium and Makoto fourth. I can’t
say I’m 100% satisfied though, because we lost points in
the overall standings to our main rivals. Nevertheless that is
recoverable if we remember that there are still six races left
this year. Now we will focus on the two test days here tomorrow
and Tuesday in Brno, to refine the bike’s set-up and because
we can hope for better days than these in terms of the weather.”
Camel Honda (Bridgestone Tyres): 4th: “It was a shame about
the grid position, my whole race depended on the start to see
if I could get amongst the top guys. I would have preferred a
fourth place where I fought with the top riders. Anyway, the race
served to get some important information for our development,
and to improve our chances, especially because after Estoril comes
Japan, my home race and I want everything right so I can return
to winning ways there!”
Colin Edwards, Telefonica MoviStar Honda, 7th: "We put a
soft tyre on in the warm-up which we ruled out for the race because
it was spent after six laps. We went for a harder tyre - the same
as the other Honda and Michelin riders - but it didn't work well
with my chassis. I started to get some chattering problems after
a few laps and it prevented me from pushing forward. To really
get over the chattering problem I need the new chassis from Honda
- I am the only Honda rider on Michelin tyres using the same chassis
as at the start of the season."
Repsol Honda, dnf - crash: “This morning was really good.
It was nice to be fastest. We decided to use a slightly harder
tyre in the race as I wanted to be there at the end fighting.
In the race everything felt okay. I could run at the pace of the
leaders but I didn’t really have anything on them. There
were a few places on the track I was loosing on them but generally
I was having a quiet race just learning. Towards the end I could
see the guys in front moving around and I thought with my conserved
tyres I could be in with a chance. I just made a little mistake
in turn 1. Max got in really hot under Valentino and I got kinda’
sucked in. I saw what was going on out of the corner of my eye
and just lost concentration for a fraction of a second. One moment
the door was opening the next I was on the floor. I just wanted
to keep pushing and not cruise around in fourth; that would have
been no good. It’s not cool to crash out with only a few
laps left but it’s all definitely part of learning.”
Repsol Honda, dnf - crash: “For the first time this weekend
the front tyre felt a little bit on the limit in the warm up this
morning. In the race I made some small mistake in the early stages
and Valentino and Max get past me. I then have to really concentrate
and get my position back again. The machine did not feel as good
as in the qualifying days; the front was not giving me so much
confidence. When I took back second position I open the throttle,
not using any break and the front just goes. We need to look at
the telemetry. It was a very small crash, very little damage but
it was impossible to get going again. We test here for the next
few days and we need to find and answer to the front grip problems
before we get to Portugal.”
is Quicker at VIR
Eric on the Ropes?
Aug 14th - Lorenzo Lanzi did lap quicker than Eric Bostrom at
the Virginia International Raceway test. In Lanzi's first ride
at the track, andin America, and the Corse Supersport rider lapped
slightly faster than Eric Bostrom after a two-day test plagued
by rain. Ducati's World Supersport rider backed up last weeks
impressive lap times at Mugello in Italy where he was quicker
than Bostrom there, as well. Eric's fast lapat VIR was a 1:26.7
while Lanzi posted a 1:26.4.
is to now have Lanzi join Bostrom at the VIR race on an equal
Ducati Superbike on Michelin tires.
Lanzi will not be racing at Road Atlanta as there is a date conflict.
The World Supersport series is in action at Assen on the Atlanta
Pricing for Aprilia Sportbikes in USA
Consumer concern over financial problems at Aprilia of Itally
have slowed bike sales significantly in America. Our local dealer
in Los Angeles says they are discounting the hot new RS Mille
and Mille R as much as $2,000 off suggested list price to help
them sell. If you've been waiting to get a great sportbike at
a great price, this is now the time to make your best dealer with
your dealer. Pro Italia in Glendale, CA, is one Aprillia dealer
offering a special $2,000 bike discount pricing.
Confirms Buyout Agreement with Piaggio
8/13/04 Woodstock, GA - Aprilia World Service USA Inc. is pleased
to communicate the announcement of the industrial and strategic
agreement between Piaggio and Aprilia. In the agreement, Piaggio
will obtain a 100% stake in the Aprilia group.
Ride With World Champions!
GP Riding Academy at
Phillip Island in November
ICR Moto Generation announces the appointment of three World Championship
racers as chief instructors for the ICR Grand Prix Riding Academy
in November 2004.
Andrew Pitt and Kevin Magee are set to provide a rewarding and
memorable experience for a limited number of international motorcycle
riders at the world class Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, Melbourne,
Catering to all levels of male and female riders, participants
undertake an intensive and comprehensive motorcycle riding and
race skills academy with five days on the track. All tuition comes
packaged with an all inclusive luxury 8 day/7 night package, which
includes luxury accommodation, transfers and all meals in Australia,
nightly entertainment, tours and sightseeing and much more.
Cornering, Braking, Passing
Throttle Control, Lean Angle
Track Position, Body Position
[more] 8 DAYS, All expenses paid
7 NIGHTS .Luxury accommodation 5 DAYS RIDING. The track bikes:
Each rider is provided with an ICR edition 2004 Honda CBR 600RR
to ride whilst at the event... and bikes are race track prepared,
running the latest Michelin Pilot Power tyres. ICR GP Riding Academy
events are an all expenses paid experience that others only dream
of... with one lucky participant winning a brand new ICR edition
Honda CBR 600RR, delivered to their door... simply for attending
Calendar Bike Show Happenings
Above: Resse Rooke wins Again! Jardine West Coast Horsepower Dyno
Shootout sees new world horsepower record at 545hp!
Desmosedici! FastDates.com takes an exclusive visit inside the
Ducati Corse MotoGP Race Shop!
Plus - See our visit to Ducati Racing School at Misano!