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SBK Fast Dates World Superbike girl Rockin' Robin Cunningham heats
up Pit Lane aboard Chris Vermeulen's Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR.
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at speed on the
new generation GSXR1000. The
Alstare Corona team is a full privateer team with no factory Suzuki
support in Superbike. Corona is now the first major corporation
to fully sponsor the World Superbike Championship.
Corona Extra Superbike World Championship
Team Corona Suzuki Tops the Time Sheets as the
World Superbike Kicks Off
SBK World Superbike Final Pre-Season Tests at Qatar
LOSAIL CIRCUIT, QATAR 19-20 FEB. 2005 The last day of
testing before the World Superbike Championship kicks off at Losail
in Qatar provided better track conditions for all 29 Superbike
riders, and most made good use of their opportunities to set much
improved lap times overall. The Suzuki pairing of SBK rookie Yukio
Kagayama and his Alstare Corona Extra team-mate Troy Corser (suffering
from the flu somewhat) went 1-2 in the timing sheets overall,
with Kagayama setting an excellent best of 2’01.480 on his
GSX-R1000, posted late in the final session.
note: The SBK round at the Quatar track gives us a rare chance
to compare World Superbike to MotoGP times. Last October at the
Qatar MotoGP, Carlos Checa, SPA (Yamaha) set the track Qualifying
record on Friday at 1’58.988 - a full 2.5 seconds quicker
than Kagayama's SBK Testing time. Colin Edwards turned the quickest
race lap at 1'59.23 secs. Such is the difference 100 less pounds
and 40 more horsepower makes).
Corona Suzuki with the new model GSXR1000 was quickest at
Qatar with Yukio Kagayama (left) and teammate Troy Corser.
They look set to clinch the opening round this coming weekend.
Competition: With so many bikes gathering on the Superbike
grid come the start of practice on Thursday 24th February,
a good morale-boosting performance was a keen desire for
all comers. With the top two Suzukis not just fast but consistently
fast, the figure of Jose Luis Cardoso (Yamaha DFX Extreme)
proved the closest challenger, going third quickest, with
a 2’01.797 lap.
Champs: The factory Xerox Ducati 999F05 of Regis Laconi
recovered from some early setbacks to post fourth best time.
World Champion James Toseland experienced a fast highside
crash at turn 13 his Xerox Ducati, causing his team some
concern, until a visit to the medical centre proved him
cleared of any fractures. He was seen later walking around
pitlane at close of play, ready to make a quick recovery
for the first rounds of his title defence, having dropped
to tenth fastest.
There: Sebastien Gimbert (Yamaha Motor France) secured a magnificent
fifth place, having led the ranking with only minutes of the final
2 hours and 20 minute session remaining. Gimbert is a full time
SBK rookie, but a veteran of some excellent performances at Brands
Hatch and Magny Cours last year. On a good day for riders new
to the championship, wildcard Spaniard Ivan Silva Albertola (La
Glisse Yamaha) went sixth fastest, another SBK star in the making.
Kawasaki: Chris Walker (PSG-1 Kawasaki ZX-10) ran out a promising
seventh, no mean feat in what is proving to be a closely contested
series for all riders. He was within one second of Kagayama’s
leading time, with a 2’02.442. To underline the fact that
the Qatar race and the 2005 Superbike series in general will be
an unpredictable affair, Marco Borciani (DFX Yamaha) made a big
jump from 25th on day one to eighth on day two, one place ahead
of Noriyuki Haga (Yamaha Motor Italia) and two up on the luckless
Toseland. Two more big names, Norick Abe (Yamaha Motor France)
and Andrew Pitt (Yamaha Motor Italia) found the pace tough and
had to settle for 11th and 12th respectively. Lorenzo Lanzi (Scuderia
Caracchi Ducati) fought hard for his 13th place in the run-up
to his rookie SBK race.
Riders Struggle: A flu virus, rampant in the pit garages at Losail,
claimed the best efforts of Karl Muggeridge (Winston Ten Kate
Honda) and his team-mate Chris Vermeulen. With their heavily modified
bikes unable to show their best due to their riders’ illness,
Pierfrancesco Chili (Klaffi Honda) took his hastily prepared machine,
without a full race spec as yet, to 14th, the top Honda slot over
the two days. Vermeulen was 15th, Muggeridge 17th, after posting
a very small lap count. Ben Bostrom (Renegade Honda Koji) ended
Drops Down: Fonsi Nieto (Scuderia Ducati 999RS) slipped down the
order after a bright showing on day one, ending his two days in
20th place. Rookie of the year max Neukirchner, on a roadbike
engined Klaffi Honda, was 21st overall, happy with his induction
into the bigger class.
Tough Time For Aussie Pair: Foggy Petronas FP-1 three-cylinder
riders Steve Martin and Garry McCoy had torrid times against the
more powerful 1000cc machines, taking their 900cc machines to
only 24th and 27th places.
Winston Ten Kate Honda rider Sebastien Charpentier set his fastest
time of the test in the first session on Sunday morning, and it
proved the fastest one of all, at 2’04.259. His countryman,
and 2002 World Champion Fabien Foret (Team Megabike), scored a
second place overall, improving his best to a 2’05.083.
Top Yamaha runner was the officially supported Aussie Kevin Curtain
(Yamaha Motor Germany) despite him falling and twisting his knee
on the previous day. Michel Fabrizio (Team Italia Megabike Honda)
slotted in fourth, putting his Team Megabike machine on what would
be a front row grid position in normal qualifying. Top Ducati
man was tireless charger Gianluca Nannelli, who finished his two
days on an SC Caracchi Ducati sixth. Young Spaniard Javier Fores
scored a top ten time riding an Alstare Corona Extra Suzuki.
That Kick Ass
Bell as Veronica Mars
Modern Day Nancy Drew
heats up UPN Television, Tuesdays 9/8C
In the wealthy, seaside community of Neptune,
the rich and powerful make the rules, they own the town
and the high school, and desperately try to keep their dirty
little secrets just that…secret. Unfortunately for
them, there's Veronica Mars, a smart, fearless 17-year-old
apprentice private investigator dedicated to solving the
town's toughest mysteries.
(Kristen Bell) actually used to be one of the popular girls,
walking the halls of Neptune High with the rest of the "beautiful
people." But it all came crumbling down around her
after her best friend Lilly was murdered and her then-Sheriff
father Keith Mars (Enrico Colantoni) was removed from office
for naming Lilly's billionaire father, Jake Kane, as the
the day, Veronica must negotiate high school like any average
teenage girl. At night, Veronica helps with her father's
struggling, new private investigator business, sneaking
through back alleys and scoping out no-tell motels with
a telescopic-lens camera and her math book in an attempt
to uncover the California beach town's darkest secrets.
Team Tests Phillip Island
Honda, Ducati and Suzuki all on pace with their new 2005 bikes
Rossi, Haden, Checa
Quickest at Phillip Island MotoGP Tests
Island, Australia, Feb. 17- 19th
- The curtain came down on the three-day MotoGP test at Phillip
Island, Australia today with most of the top teams leaving for
home in confident mood. Team technicians and engineers now head
back to base to analyse the data gathered from the latest of 2
three-day tests, and for the riders to recharge their batteries
after six grueling day’s work over the last 10 days. All
riders present from the Yamaha, Honda, Ducati and Suzuki MotoGP
teams, except Sete Gibernau, took advantage of the last opportunity
to test at the Australian circuit before they will race there
in October. Nearly all lapped under Loris Capirossi’s circuit
lap record of 1’31.102, set last year. A few drops of rain
fell at around midday on the last day, forcing the teams to take
a short break, but the day's testing schedule was unaffected.
Gauloises Yamaha Team closed another stage in its demanding
winter test programme today in Phillip Island, Australia,
with Valentino Rossi taking the unofficial
fastest lap time of the three days. In slightly cooler conditions
than the previous two days, the Italian rider recorded a
best time of 1’29.68, faster than his own circuit
best time of 1’30.068 set during the 2003 Phillip
Island round. Rossi’s new team-mate Colin
Edwards also improved on his previous two days
with an unofficial 1’30.23, quicker than his 2004
Australian Grand Prix official qualifying time of 1’30.625.
Rossi (1’29.68, 57 laps) - Quickest
“This morning we tried some different settings from
yesterday and they worked better. We found more agility
in the bike. Then we continued testing tyres for Michelin,
which were good. The test has been quite positive and we
have collected some useful information which we’ll
continue to work with when we return here soon.”
RC211V riders broke the 1m 30s barrier at Phillip Island. Repsol
Honda factory team riderNicky Hayden was the fastest of the over
the three-day with his best time of today at 1m 29.780s. The American
put the 2005 version of the 5-cylinder 990cc RCV through an extensive
106-laps at one stage running a race simulation distance which
was 28-seconds faster than his race time at the GP held last October.
Hayden’s Repsol Honda teammate Max Biaggi worked even harder
putting in 120-laps as he worked his way through a long programme
of tyre testing for Michelin. At the end of the final day Biaggi
was close to exhaustion but pronounced himself happy with the
results of the three-day test and the performance of his new technical
Honda team saw Alex Barros spend his last day testing the new
front forks HRC brought to Phillip Island but at the end of the
test had yet to find the optimum settings in combination with
the range of front tyres he tried. Teammate Troy Bayliss left
the track in more buoyant mood than following his three-day test
at Sepang last week. The Australian, a former World Superbike
Champion, has steadily improved on each of the three-days and
his eager to et to the next MotoGP test, at the Losail circuit
in Qatar on March 1-3, to continue the progress made at Phillip
(Telefonica MoviStar Honda:) had completed his test programme
yesterday and took no part in the action today. His teammate,
Italian Marco Melandri, did test and set impressive lap time his
fastest of the day on his 20th lap of the session. Melandri is
in his first season with the RC211V and has steadily improved
his consistency to the point where he feels able to go for fast
single laps times when the teams get to Losail next month.
rider Makoto Tamada was another who sat out the day’s action.
Tamada crashed heavily on Thursday and was sidelined with severe
bruising to his left hand and left foot. The popular Japanese
rider will be fit to test at Losail.Honda rider lap times and
Hayden, Repsol Honda: 1m 29.780s -2nd Quickest
"Today was the best day of the test for me, I got a good,
long run in and recognised a bit more where we need to improve,
both myself and the machine. I felt good and we made some positive
steps forward and the race time I did was 28 seconds faster than
my race time last year so we're pretty happy with that - but it's
still not enough. We'll take away what we've learnt here and move
on to Qatar. I tried both chassis options that we've got and we
learned a lot about the differences but overall I just felt more
consistent today and some of that's down to me getting into a
rut yesterday. We're still a new team but the atmosphere's good
and we're gelling really well."
Biaggi, Repsol Honda: 1m 29.880s - 120 laps - 4th Quickest
"I am tired today after so many laps but I wanted to give
Michelin the information they needed from the tyres they asked
me to test - but I was praying for the red light at the end of
the pit lane to end the day's testing! At times today it was a
little difficult as there were some spots of rain, which did little
for your confidence, especially in the fast sweep into turn one.
Overall we have had a good test and confirmed our feeling and
direction with the machine set-up following last week's test in
Sepang. We know the areas we need to improve on and we have three
tests in March to achieve that."
Tanaka, Repsol Honda Team Manager:
"Overall we've had three good days here at Phillip Island.
Max probably did too many laps today but it was good that he tried
the tyres for Michelin Nicky had a good day today and discovered
some areas of set-up which improved his performance. We know we
still have a lot of work to do and will continue to work hard
towards improving the machine in the next tests in Qatar and Spain."
Marlboro Team successfully concluded its Australian testing program
with both team riders among the top 5 quickest as the Ducati engineers
and riders continued development work on the Desmosedici GP5 with
the new Bridgestone tyres. Development work with the latest Bridgestone
tyres is continuing and Carlos Checa and Loris Capirossi were
able to use the Australian track for numerous tests with rear
tyres, some new and others used previously, but all the while
keeping the same set-up to concentrate exclusively on the different
Checa, Team Marlboro Ducati:1m 29.86sec -3rd Quickest
Spanish rider Carlos Checa was in particularly good form today,
ending the test with a best time of 1m29.86s over 88 laps. Satisfied
with the three-day testing session in Australia, Carlos tried
to put in the maximum number of laps on the most promising rear
really happy with this testing session, with my team and with
my bike" declared Carlos. "We found a good base set-up
for the Desmosedici and some very interesting indications on which
to work in the future. Now it's time for a short break and then
we'll be back to work in Qatar".
Capirossi, Team Marlboro Ducati: 1m 30.18sec - 5th Quickest
On the final day Loris Capirossi focussed on suspension set-up
but also on mapping work for the powerful Desmosedici engine and
at the end of the day was pleased with the bike's better 'driveability'.
Loris ended the Phillip Island session with a quickest time of
1m30.18s after completing 59 laps..
generally pretty pleased with my pace, which was quite good for
several successive laps at around 1m30s" said Capirossi.
"We still have to do a bit more work over the longer distance,
but I and my team are ready!".
Satisfaction about the Australian tests was also expressed by
Ducati Marlboro Team technical director Corrado Cecchinelli,
who commented: "Even though we lost a bit of time today due
to a few drops of rain, we are very pleased with the way the test
went: we did many consecutive laps in race set-up and gained a
lot of information on how to evolve both the suspension set-up
of the bike and the rear tyres. Even though we know that the weather
conditions for the race will be a bit different, we gathered a
lot of information which will be useful next October."
Island Unofficial Lap Times:
Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) 1’29.68 (57 laps)
2. Nicky Hayden (Honda) 1’29.78
3. Carlos Checa (Ducati) 1’29.86
4. Max Biaggi (Honda) 1.29.88
5. Loris Capirossi (Ducati) 1’30.18
6. Colin Edwards (Yamaha) 1’30.23 (52 laps)
Alex Barros (Honda) 1’30.55
8. John Hopkins (Suzuki) 1’30.86
9. Troy Bayliss (Honda) 1’30.90
10. Marco Melandri (Honda) 1’30.90
11. Kenny Roberts (Suzuki) 1’31.21
12. Ruben Xaus (Yamaha) 1’31.98
13. Toni Elias (Yamaha) 1’32.16
Riding Experience 2005 adds Master Racing Class
Bologna, Italy Feb 15th - For the fifth year
in a row, Ducati in Italy will be organizing a series of riding
courses aimed at those who would like to learn how to ride a motorcyle
or improve their street or track skills.
edition of Ducati Riding Experience saw a massive influx of attendees,
both male and female, with a total of 1300 registrations (an increase
of 27% over the previous year). Among those 38% were women with
an average age of 32 and 62% were men with an average age of 35.
Another interesting figure is that 10% of people registering in
2004 had also completed a course in 2003, while 9% enrolled for
a second course (at a higher level) in the same year. We (FastDates.com
editor Jim Gianatsis) attended the DRE Racing Course at Misano
following the Monza World Superbike Race and had an incredible
Italian motorcycle vacation. Our instructor at DRE was none other
than former Superbike and GP racer Marco Luchinelli. Story
editor attended the DRE Race School at the Misano GP circuit with
instructor Marco Luchinelli.
which will take place from March until October, consist of a full
day of riding sessions combined with classroom time. All the courses
will take place in the prestigious “Enzo e Dino Ferrari”
circuit of Imola.
The DRE school presents an impressive line-up of instructors including
World, European and National champions and features five different
classes for all skill levels. As a brand new feature for 2005,
two extra courses have been introduced: the Men’s Basic
Course is aimed at men who are absolute beginners, have never
ridden a bike and would like to become involved in motorcycling,
while the Master Racing Course, is for expert riders who want
to take part in racing (such as the new Ducati Desmo Challenge
series) and wish to build upon their existing track skills.
inter racial action! The DRE Schools feature lots of Hot Chicks
on Fast Ducs.
The following courses are available in 2005:
Basic Riding Course
Aimed at women without riding experience who would like to get
involved in the motorcycle world. The course will take place in
the paddock using reduced power Monster 620 motorcycles. Price:
216 Euro, taxes included.
Basic Riding Course
New for 2005! Aimed at men without riding experience who would
like to get involved in the motorcycle world. The course will
take place in the paddock using Multistrada 620 motorcycles. Price:
216 Euro, taxes included.
This course is aimed at men and women who already have some riding
experience but want to improve their skills. The course covers
common road situations and tips on how to tackle them using specific
riding techniques. The exercises are designed to help riders maintain
better control of their bikes and avoid potentially dangerous
everyday situations through better technique. After a practice
phase in the paddock, students will be able to try out their new
skills on the track.
and Multistrada 1000 motorcycles will be used for this course.
Price: 280 Euro taxes included.
Aimed at expert motorcyclists (men and women) who have the desire
to increase their knowledge of riding technique on the track.
999 Superbikes will be used for this course and students will
be divided into groups based on experience (declared by rider).
Price: 750 Euro, taxes included.
New for 2005! This year's new master course is aimed at riders
who wish to participate in competitive races on the track such
as the "Ducati Desmo Challenge". 2005 spec 999 Superbikes
will be used and, in order to ensure the best possible learning
environment, student groups will not exceed three per instructor.
Lessons will focus on improving circuit riding techniques and
maximising each rider's overall performance. Price: 999 Euro,
of the course includes: the use of motorcycle, lunch and the open
cafè area, welcome kit, the presence of a photographer
and special rates at nearby hotels. It does not includes any type
This year's edition of the DRE also introduces an opportunity
to rent riding gear (leathers, helmets, gloves, boots) at the
time of registration on www.ducati.com
* March 24 *
April 14 * April 29 * April
30 * May 10 * June 30 *
July 7 * September 6
* September 23 * October 20
AND INFORMATION The registration will be done exclusively through
our website, www.ducati.com from the end of February. Payment
can be made by credit card or bank transfer.
Those who participated in DRE 2003, participants who attend more
than one course at the DRE 2005 and Official Ducati Club Members
will be offered a special price on the purchase of the 2005 DRE
courses. The reduced price will be calculated upon registration
For more information please visit the www.ducati.com
website or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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