Class! Scuderia NCR / Poggipolini flew in from Italy with their
$164,000 magnesium and titanium 180hp / 297lb. naked Ducati
Superbike powered Macchia Nera to win Best Sportbike at this
year's Show, elevating our Los Angeles Calendar Motorcycle Show
to World caliber status. Poggipolini's distributor John Murray
of RaceMetal.com accepts
the Show's coveted Desk Set Trophy utilizing a real Mikuni Carburetor.
He's joined by Roland and Ted Sands from Performance Machine,
plus SBK World Superbike and Ducati Corse FastDates.com Calendar
Cover Angels, Miss Great Britain Nicki Lane and Laura Niles.
Turnout of Exhibitors and Spectators!
Calendar Bike Show the Best Ever!
545hp! Motorcycle Horsepower World Record is Shattered
Beach, CA, July 17-18th, 2004 -The Los Angeles Calendar
Motorcycle Show Weekend presented by Performance Machine
and the FastDates.com Calendars and Website
at the Queen Mary Event Park in Long Beach, CA, continued to
grow as the most popular consumer street bike show in America
catering to custom, cruiser, classic and sportbike enthusiasts.
Always the 3rd weekend of July, this year’s show featured
a incredible weekend of activities and our first ever sold out
participation by 165 major motorcycle and product manufacturers,
exhibitors and venders, leading custom bike builders
from across the world, together with a 2-day jam-packed crowd
of motorcycle enthusiasts. Spectator attendance was estimated
to be larger than this year's Laguna Seca World Superbike and
AMA California Speedway race weekends combined, confirming the
LA Calendar Bike Show as the biggest streetbike event weekend
complete story go to 2004
LA Calendar Motorcycle Show.
2005 AMA Superbike Rule Changes Miss the Big Picture
Duplicate, Confusing Classes has Destroyed Pro Roadracing in
A July 25th press release from AMA Pro Racing
has announced "new" rule change proposals for the
2005 season. The only item of note in just a few minor changes
to the ruels is to allow any rider to race in any class. Effectively
the AMA is trying to fill out its less than full starting grids
in a confusing mirid of pro classes which have less than full
support from all the factory teams, and which has effectively
destroyed professional motorcycle roadracing in America.
Nationals like those at California Speedway, Barber Motorsports,
Colorado and Virgina International are pulling less than 2,000
spectators per race weekend, the current state of AMA Pro Racing
in America is a disaster. The published attendance figures of
93,000 spectators for this pastJuly's Laguna Seca World and
AMA SuperbikeWeekend were an outright lie (we only counted 4,000
spectators trackside on Sunday - add in generously another 1,000
milling around in the Paddock and Midway during the race, and
another 1,000 for riders and their teams and venders, and Laguna
WSB Weekend more realisticly had 6,000 people total. Maybe.
Superbike back in March wasn't much better. There are some 200,000
bikers in town for Daytona Bike Week, yet almost no one goes
to the track to watch the racing. Plus the Superbike National
at the out dated and dangerous Daytona Speedway had to be moved
to Saturday so TV and spectators wouldn't miss the race if it
got rained out to Monday like happened in 2002. Meanwhile, we're
still waiting for the press release to follow up on the results
of AMA Pro Racing's big meeting back in May with the Speedway
to improve race safety. The reality is the income from motorcycle
racing at the Speedway can not justify modifying the track to
any sort of FIM safety standards.
AMA Pro Racing is doing nothing to address the major problems
it created this year in the structure of the mirid of different
and confusing classes themselves. The 600cc Formula Extreme
class will remain a useless and boring romp for Team Honda and
should be eliminated altogether, or revert back to the once
popular 600cc Supersport class which was always hotly contested,
along with the inclussion of Ducati's 750cc twin. Meanwhile,
Suzuki still has no class to race its hugely popular GSXR750.
Supersport class remains a useless duplication of 1000cc Superbike
and should be eliminated altogether so all the factory and support
teams will return to Superbike where they belong.
the Pro Racing 2005 rules proposal is a request for a new "Spec
Bike ' class. Remember the last spec bike class the AMA tried
was in the early '90s for Harley-Havidson Sportsters and it
was a disaster, as the stock bikes were ill handling and not
cabale of being raced without blowing up. Plus, factory riders
from teams weren't allowed to race a competing brand, so effectivlely
we were left with amateur riders racing junk bikes on a national
pro racing weekend.
this new "Spec Class" class might be a reprive for
Suzuki's GSXR750 if Suzuki foots the class sponsorship bill?
But why do we need another boring one brand class in a weekend
of 1 and 2 brand dominated racing? A one-brand Spec Bike Class
without factory riders? No thank you. The old 600cc Supersport
class fit the bill just perfect.
So why doesn't
AMA Pro Racing get it right? With AMA employees on a fixed salary,
and a board of directors made up of motorcycle racers, team,
owners and manufacturers you'ld think they could. But in reality
at AMA Pro Racing there's just too many special interests involved
and team managers wanting different classes they can easily
win to advertise their wins and maintain their sponsorship money
from the factories. Successful racing series such as NASCAR,
CART, Supercross, Superbike and MotoGP are owned and operated
by a private owners who have the success and profitabilty of
their race series as their biggest concern. AMA needs to get
out of race management and stick with just rules enforcement.
past 20 years despite a 20% growth in the population in America,
coverage of AMA roadracing g on national Speed TV and national
sponsorship by Chevy trucks, spectator attendance at AMA professional
roadracing in America has declined. There needs to be just one
feature class, that being Superbike, and no others. We feel
AMA is missing the big picture and just making their problem
worse. - Jim Gianatsis, Editor
the minor new AMA Rule Changes for 2005 in Tire Chatter
hero! 40-year old Frankie Chili on the starting grid with our
own SBK World Superbike FasDates.com Calendar Angel Andra Cobb.
Quickest in both races , Frankie had to settle
for 2nd in Race 2 based on agregate times des despite his win
of the second leg.
SBK World Superbike
Championship Round 9, Brands Hatch, European Round
Faster Frankie Looked
Ready to Conquer Brands Hatch -
but it's Noriyuki Haga
who Doubles for the Win
Brands Hatch England, July 30-Aug 1st, 2004
- Frankie Goes To Paddock Wood: Pierfrancesco Chili (PSG-1
Ducati 998) slotted his 998RS/999 hybrid machine into the
provisional pole position spot with a best first day lap of
the 4.197km Brands Hatch circuit. The 40-year-old Italian’s
prowess was closely contested by a whole field full of competitive
runners, but his experience as a former Brands Hatch winner
proved to be the difference on day one as he set a best of
1:27.990. And he would follow that up with the Fast Lap Times
recorded in both races on Sunday, but to the quickest would
not go the spoils....
ever popular Noriyuki Haga aboard his Renegade Ducati 999RS
took both wins in the hot crucible of Brands Hatch before
a huge crowd, winning a straight fight in Race One and an
aggregate event in Race Two where he shared heat wins with
Frankie. The net result of an incredible weekend of close,
crowd-pleasing action was to bring the main contenders for
championship glory impossible close to each other, with the
top four riders all within eight points of each other.
Privateer teams: Frankie (7) and Nori (41) fought and scrapped
hard for both race wins.
Sloted in behind Frankie Chili as one of the quickest in Friday
Practice was Gianluca Nannelli (Pedercini Ducati), a surprise
second fastest on day one, his performance particularly impressive
as he is running a 998RS Ducati, not one of the more powerful
999R engined Ducati machines which now pack the SBK grid.
The 30-year-old Italian has had some impressive rides in his
rookie season in SBK, after and up and down career in Supersport.
A good day for the Pedercini team saw team principle Lucio
Pedercini qualify fifth, ahead of both factory Ducati machines.
Boost: With only ten minutes of qualifying left the name of
Marco Borciani stood proudly at the top of the time sheets,
the DFX Ducati 999RS rider proving to be a potent threat once
more after only one day of track time. His fourth overall is
still a more than creditable position, with his double Superpole
winning team-mate Steve Martin down in 12th.
Now: Noriyuki Haga (Renegade Ducati 999RS) slipped himself into
the top three places after a late charge through the order on
his locally entered Ducati. His team, sporting a new pit backdrop
from sponsors Koji, also had Leon Haslam in the upper echelons,
seventh overall with a time of 1:18.734, 0.744 seconds from
Duke It Out: Regis Laconi (Ducati Fila 999F04) was the best
of the works Ducati riders, but he struggled to cope with the
privateer onslaught on day one, riding his fast but fickle Ducati
Fila machine into sixth place on the time sheets. James Toseland
(Ducati Fila 999F04) his team-mate, suffered more set-up woes
as he qualified only 15th, 1.440 seconds from Chili and in 15th
Over Four: Troy Corser (Petronas FP-1) used a revamped engine
and mapping specification to take the last spot on the overnight
second row, his eighth place fully six places ahead of his team-mate
Chris Walker. Brands was always going to be a challenge for
the riders of the 900cc Petronas triple, but Corser at least
was in less trouble than double SBK race winner from the previous
round, Chris Vermeulen, who spend most of his two hours of practice
trying to find a workable set-up for his Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR.
Nonetheless, Vermeulen was the fastest of the four-cylinder
riders, on a track that clearly favoured the booming twins in
the early stages. Top Yamaha R1 rider proved to be wild card
entrant Sebastien Gimbert (Yamaha France), in 11th place.
Warp: Garry McCoy (Xerox Ducati 999RS) had a tough introduction
to Brands Hatch, completing day one in 18th place on his Ducati
999RS, with a total of 25 riders taking part in the first day
Supersport: An exciting first qualifying session, held on idyllic
conditions, delivered Ten Kate Honda rider and championship
leader Karl Muggeridge to the top of the provisional qualifying
order. His best time of 1:29.200 was 0.354 seconds ahead of
second quickest rider Fabien Foret (Yamaha Belgarda, and 0.425
better than third place man Kevin Curtain (Yamaha Motor Deutschland).
The Yamaha/Honda wars in the early stages were added to by fourth
and fifth place men Sebastien Charpentier (Klaffi Honda) and
Muggeridge’s team-mate Broc Parkes.
Pole Saturday/ A Classic Ducati 998 Weekend
Local Star Steve Martin on top with DFX Ducati
Pole Dancer: DFX Ducati rider Steve Martin, only ninth fastest
in regulation qualifying, trimmed almost a whole second off
his previous best to take the Superpole win at Brands Hatch.
One of the most experienced riders in the series, Martin was
a smooth operator while several others slid and slithered their
way home after experienced traction issues on the unexpectedly
slick Brands Hatch tarmac. Martin’s time of 1:27.213,
was the best of the timed sessions over the weekend.
Wows Fans: Other than the local riders the most popular man
on show at Brands Hatch was series veteran Pierfrancesco Chili.
Cheered throughout his 4.197km Superpole lap Chili went second
quickest, 0.12 seconds from Martin. Chili was as usual using
his 998 Chassis and 999cc engine throughout the Brands Hatch
Redeems: Regis Laconi and James Toseland (Ducati Fila) experienced
differing fortunes in Superpole; Laconi the fastest man in regulation
qualifying now starting from the front row, in third place,
after some fraught moments and a morning session crash. His
team-mate Toseland almost high-sided on his Superpole lap, his
‘moment’ dropping him to 12th overall and a third
row starting position.
Rebels: For the Renegade Ducati team Brands has been a tough
test, the injured Leon Haslam and his team-mate Noriyuki Haga
not matching the times set during a race meeting at Brands in
June, due largely to the prevailing track conditions. Nonetheless
Haga will start the race from the front row after setting the
fourth best time in Superpole, while the brave Haslam fought
his left hand injury to finish tenth overall.
Forward: Troy Corser (Petronas FP-1), jumped from seventh in
qualifying to fifth after Superpole, and will thus head up the
second row for the races. The former champion’s team-mate
Chris Walker had a rapturous welcome from his legions of British
fans, but 13th and a fourth row start were his lowly reward
for his usual high level of effort.
Moves On Up: After heading the early qualifying for a time Steve
Martin’s team-mate Marco Borciani ended his weekend’s
qualifying in a well placed sixth in Superpole. He also improved
on his best previous lap, as did the majority of the field.
Home Boys: Chris Vermeulen’s one man Honda assault on
World Superbike this season has netted him and his Ten Kate
Honda team the last three race victories but after a tough weekend
of handling problems and a Superpole lap in which he experienced
front end slides, Vermeulen now starts a disappointed seventh.
exciting start to Race One with Steve Martin (99) along side
Nori haga (41) with Laconi (55) and Corser (4) hot on their
Pirellis. For a country just the size of California, the Brands
Hatch World Superbike race weekend may have drawn more spectators
than all the AMA Superbike nationals this year combined.
/ Race Day: Chili is Fastest and First at the Finish in Race
but "Nitro" Nori Haga Scores both Wins for Renegade
Hatch (UK), 1 August 2004: Ducati clinched their thirteenth
World Superbike Manufacturersí title at Brands Hatch
in a dramatic day of racing in front of a massive crowd, which
saw alternating fortunes for Ducati Fila riders Regis Laconi
and James Toseland and a double win for Renegade Ducati's Japanese
rider Noriyuki Haga. The Frenchman battled hard with Haga to
finish second in Race One, but then ruined another positive
result when he lost the front and crashed out at Graham Hill
Bend on lap 19 of race 2.
ever popular Noriyuki Haga aboard the newly repained Renegade
Koji Ducati 999RS took both wins in the hot crucible of Brands
Hatch before a huge crowd, winning a straight fight in race
one and an aggregate event in race two. The net result of an
incredible weekend of close, crowd-pleasing action was to bring
the main contenders for championship glory impossible close
to each other, with the top four riders all within eight points
of each other.
thirteenth win in the Manufacturersí championship comes
in seventeen years of top-class World Superbike racing with
production-based machinery against constructors from Italy,
Japan, and now Malaysia. The Ridersí title is now hotting
up to be a four-way battle between Laconi, Toseland (Ducati
Fila), Vermeulen (Honda) and Haga, with all four riders separated
by just eight points with three rounds left to go.
Laconi (55), Chile (7) and Haga (41) dice for
the lead in Race One.
ONE: Close competition throughout the entire 25 laps
of Race One delivered the first race win toNoriyuki Haga. But
if wasn' t easy for Nitro Nori who had to contend with a terrific
3-way rider fight for the win. The first half of the race was
a three man affair until race leader Pierfrancesco Chili (Ducati)
crashed spectacularly on the exit of Surtees, highsiding himself
out of contention.the Japanese rider holding off a race
long challenge of second placed Ducati Corse rider Regis Laconi.
Regis and Norri continued thire heated fight right into the
final lap where they traded the lead 4-5 times with Nori lucky
enought to hold the advantage as they crossed the finish. Superpole
winner Steve Martin (Ducati) benefited from Chili's fall to
take third, with Ten Kate Honda rider Chris Vermeulen fourth.
Troy Corser took a close5th place with the 900cc Foggy Petronas,
doing a highly creditable job matching the leaders pace the
Laconi (55) has the 999F04 drifting under power as he fights
with Haga (41) in race Two before going down.
RACE TWO: The same top three protagonists
from Race One would again battle it out for the right to win,
in what to be an aggregate race run in two parts. Frankie Chili
arrived at the starting line late after the warm-up lap, having
just had his 998 Ducati fully rebuilt from his first race crash,
but he pulled directly onto the front row for the start without
race quickly turned into another exciting exciting 3-way battle
for the lead between Haga, Laconi and Chilie with Toseland in
close persuit. Around lap 3 Toseland found his factory Ducati
99F04 getting sideways on him as
suffered an oil cooler leak and
began spewing oil and smoke, oiling down his rear tire and the
track. He pulled off the track once he realized the problem,
but not before oiling down a few corders. Italian rider Gianfranco
De Matteis (Ducati) went down in the oil trail and broke his
collarbone and thus the race was red flagged, with the resulting
restart comprising three lap and 22 lap legs.For the restart
Toseland was allowed to return to the pits and pickup up a new
bike, but it would all be for nothing. Diving into turn one
at the green light, Toseland was pushed from the inside by Foggy
Petronas rider Chris Walker, knocking down Toseland who slid
into Walker's team mate Troy Corser and both Toseland and Corser
were down and out to the race.
Toseland it was the end to a terrible weekend in front of his
home crowd. Never quite happy with his set-up, he could only
manage seventh in the first encounter of the day.Then it race
two it was the stoped race due to the incedent cause by his
oil leak, and then the crash into Corser. "I've got a stiff
neck from the crash, I'íve dropped from first to fourth
in the championship, Iíve disappointed myself and my
home crowd, is there anything else?" commented Toseland.
"Thereís still only eight points in it though, unlucky
for Regis but I've had bad luck as well with Corser taking me
out. I'íve had a disappointing weekend at Silverstone
and a disappointing one at Brands Hatch. I can only apologise
and say I've given 110% all weekend. Sorry to everyone who came
to see a British winner, that was down to me. Let's get it over
with and move on to the next round."
front the exciting 3-way lead battle continued between Haga,
Laconi and Chile for much of the race until Laconi crashed out
the points leading Ducati. Frankie Chili moved in and passed
Haga for thee lead and the win of the second leg, but Frankie's
tough luck continued as his agregate time for the two legs was
not enough to win the race overall. The eventual winner proved
to be Noriyuki Haga, by 0.960 seconds over Chili. Chris Vermeulen
finished in third position, with Chris Walker (Petronas) fourth.
can I say?î declared Laconi. "The big problem is
that if I am not in front of Noriyuki, he was slow, and I tried
to go faster than him and I felt I was over the limit. Thatís
why I crashed. I tried to go away but I entered too wide pushing
hard and lost the front. I am not happy because I am unable
to get away from him. I tried my best with the team and the
engineers to get the best out of this bike, and we did, so if
I crashed it means that I was at the limit. I really want to
win this championship and I hope that we will have something
new for the last three rounds."
Another Ducati Corse rider bites the pavement
in Race Two. This time its Laconi.
The Riders Championship points battle sees Laconi with 218 points,
Vermeulen promoted to second at 216, with Haga on 212 and Toseland
210, effectively a close 4-way battle for the Championship with
just 3 rounds remaining. Its the closest title chase in World
Superbike in years. The next round of the championship takes
place at Assen on September 5, for all classes.
Race One (Laps 25 = 104,925 Km)
/Rider /Nat. /Team / Time /Gap
1 / Haga Noriyuki / JPN / Renegade Ducati Koji /37'08.172 /
2 / Laconi Régis / FRA / Ducati Fila /37'08.306 / 0.134
3 / Martin Steve / AUS / D.F.Xtreme Sterilgarda /37'10.445 /
4 / Vermeulen Chris / AUS / Ten Kate Honda / 37'12.923 / 4.751
5 / Corser Troy / AUS / Foggy PETRONAS Racing / 37'16.218 /
6 / Ellison James / GBR / Jentin Racing / 37'18.081 / 9.909
7 / Toseland James / GBR / Ducati Fila / 37'18.197 / 10.025
8 / Coxhell Craig / AUS/ Vitrans Honda / 37'29.969 / 21.797
9 / Walker Chris / GBR/ Foggy PETRONAS Racing/ 37'34.309 / 26.137
10 / Nannelli Gianluca/ ITA/ Pedercini / 37'37.303 / 29.131
11 / Borciani Marco/ ITA / D.F.Xtreme Sterilgarda / 37'37.941
12 / Bussei Giovanni/ ITA / DeCecco Racing / 37'41.958 / 33.786
13 / Pedercini Lucio/ ITA / Pedercini / 37'43.238 / 35.066
14 / Clementi Ivan / ITA / Kawasaki Bertocchi / 37'44.591 /
15 / Bontempi Piergiorgio / ITA / Zongshen / 37'49.071 / 40.899
16 AUS Nowland Warwick Zongshen Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R 1000 25
17 ITA Velini Alessio UnionBike GiMotorsport Yamaha Yamaha YZF
R1 25 38'16.230
RT ESP Fuertes Sergio MIR Racing Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R 1000 24
RT GBR Haslam Leon Renegade Ducati Koji Ducati Ducati 999 RS
RT ITA Chili Pierfrancesco PSG - 1 Corse Ducati Ducati 998 RS
RT FRA Gimbert Sebastien Yamaha France Yamaha Yamaha YZF R1
RT AUS McCoy Garry XEROX - Ducati Nortel Net. Ducati Ducati
999 RS 11 16'35.023
RT ITA De Matteis Giancarlo PSG - 1 Corse Ducati Ducati 999
RS 11 16'51.646
RT ITA Sanchini Mauro Kawasaki Bertocchi Kawasaki Kawasaki ZX
10 7 10'35.830
RT CZE Mrkyvka Jiri JM SBK Ducati Ducati 998 RS 7 10'47.953
RT POR Praia Miguel XEROX - Ducati Nortel Net. Ducati Ducati
999 RS 7 11'19.681
Fastest Lap: ITA Chili Pierfrancesco 1'28.094
Race Two (Laps
25 = 104,925 Km)
Pos /Rider /Nat. /Team / Time /Gap
1 / N.HAGA / JPN / Renegade Ducati Koji / 37'05.030 /
2 / P. CHILI / ITA / PSG - 1 Corse / 37'05.990 / 0.960
3 / C. VERMEULEN / AUS / Ten Kate Honda / 37'15.669 / 10.639
4 / C.WALKER / GBR / Foggy PETRONAS Racing / 37'28.694 / 23.664
5 / J. ELLISON / GBR / Jentin Racing / 37'29.142 / 24.112
6 / G.BUSSEI / ITA / DeCecco Racing / 37'31.463 / 26.433
7 / G.MCCOY / AUS / XEROX - Ducati Nortel Net. / 37'31.882 /
8 / C. COXHELL / AUS / Vitrans Honda / 37'36.113 / 31.083
9 / S. GIMBERT / FRA / Yamaha France / 37'36.251 / 31.221
10 / M.SANCHINI / ITA / Kawasaki Bertocchi / 37'36.924 / 31.894
11 / I. CLEMENTI / ITA / Kawasaki Bertocchi / 37'41.316 / 36.286
12 / P. BONTEMPI / ITA / Zongshen / 37'59.478 / 54.448
13 / S. FUERTES / ESP / MIR Racing / 38'06.454 / 1'01.424
14 / A. VELINI / ITA / UnionBike GiMotorsport / 38'25.080 /
15 / M.PRAIA / POR / XEROX - Ducati Nortel Net. / 38'10.685
/ 2 Laps
Fastest Lap 13° Pierfrancesco Chili 1'28.201 171,304 Km/h
RIDERS: 1 LACONI 218, 2 VERMEULEN 216, 3 HAGA 212, 4 TOSELAND
210, 5 CHILI 180,
6 MCCOY 155, 7 MARTIN 135, 8 HASLAM 120, 9 CORSER 112, 10 WALKER
11 BORCIANI 99, 12 SANCHINI 79, 13 CLEMENTI 66, 14 BONTEMPI
53, 15 NANNELLI 47.
Manufacturers Standings: 1 DUCATI 385, 2 HONDA 223, 3 PETRONAS
185, 4 KAWASAKI 99, 5 SUZUKI 77,
6 YAMAHA 60.
We had to go to Italy for World Ducati Week to discover
sexy Aussie/Brit pop vocal & TV soap star Holy Valance
and her newest CD "State of Mind" in the music
store next to our Grand Hotel in the seaside town of Rimini.
This beautiful babe really rocks with her smooth disco
pop vocals similar to fellow Aussie Kyle Minogue!!
have Holly spotlighted in the CD player of our BMW M3
where she kept us and the SBK FastDates.com Calendar Angels
/ Ducati Corse girls Nicki, Andra and Robin rockin' out
on our 110mph run from Los Angeles up to Laguna Seca and
back for World Superbike Weekend. Her import CD is a little
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