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KTM 990 RC8 Superbike Prototype
Tokyo Motor Show, October 21th: KTM, one of the world's leading off-road bike manufacturers is expanding its motorcycle product line into the streetbike market. The bike shown here is their RC8 "concept" or first prototype of their e new KTM superbike. The bike employs a proven Ducati style chromoly tube frame with a stressed member 990cc 75-degree V-Twin engine of KTM's own manufacture. The design is very simple and clean, and features a few new innovations like the under seat fuel tank, complete under engine exhaust system, and dry sump lubrication (oil tank in the swingarm?). KTM's entry into the sportbike market will be spearheaded with this new leading edge superbike and a factory team entry in the 2006 World Superbike Championship. Compete Details and Pictures HERE
165 horsepower and 178 kilos are astounding figures, but not as astounding as the competition. The new CBR1000RR will have a 2nd row start against the other new Japanese 1000cc superbikes.
Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade
Still, American Honda's support team, Erion Racing will probably race the new CBR1000RR in the AMA's unquestionably stupid and repetitive 1000cc Superstock or Formula Extreame class where it can be competitive against its equally undeveloped or non factory supported Japanese brethern. But in SBK World Superbike, the reigning 600 Supersport Champs the Ken Tate Honda team will move up and race the new CBR1000RR with sponsorship from Honda Europe. The team will probably have back door development help and race parts from HRA of Japan, a privilage not offered to American Honda for political reasons.
Additional Details, Pictures, Specs of the Honda CBR1000RR HERE.
Miss Great Britain 2003 Nicki Lane in the pits with Neil Hodgson's Ducati Fila 999F03 Superbike. The Fast Dates Calendar girls including Nicki were again tthis year the official Team Ducati Corse umbrella girls at the 2003 Laguna Seca USA round of the World Superbike Championship.
model Miss Great Britain 2003 Nicki Lane pairs
History was made as "Nicki" Nicola Lane, formerly Miss Great Britain 1999, became the first girl to ever win her home country's national Miss World title twice. One of our favorite calendar models, Nicki was sponsored by the FastDates.com Motorsports Calendars and Websitefor the 2003 Miss Great Britain pageant leading up to this year's Miss World competition. Nicki wore a FastDates.com sash on stage during portions of her competition and when she was crowned at the end.
Nicki Lane will be familiar to American sportbike fans who may have seen her in America last summer 2002 where she was working with FastDates.com, serving as an official SBK World Superbike Fast Dates Calendar model at Laguna Seca World Superbike shooting for the calendar in the paddock with the top factory race bikes, and on Sunday Nicki also served as the official Team Ducati Corse umbrella girl for SBK World Superbike Champion Troy Bayliss.
Nicki again returned to America this year at the invitation of FastDates.com Calendar producer Jim Gianatsis and Paolo Ciabatti, Marketing Director at Ducati Corse, to be a Fast Dates Calendar model at Laguna Seca World Superbike where she also served as official Ducati Corse team umbrella girls on Sunday for the former British Superbike National Champion and now 2003 World Superbike Champion Neil Hodgson. "We couldn't be more pleased to have FastDates.com be part of a such a world class championship winning combination." said Paolo Ciabatti.
"I really had an incredible time coming back to California with FastDates.com in July for the 2003 World Superbike race at Laguna Seca and shooting with Neil's Ducati 999F for next year's Fast Dates calendar, as well as being Neil's umbrella girl on the starting grid. It really was a busy and wonderfully exciting weekend! Now I'm off to Hong Kong for the 2003 Miss World Finals -so wish me luck. Cheers!" -Nicki Lane, Miss Great Britain 1999 and 2003.
Nicki is featured on the cover and inside the currently available 2004 Fast Dates Calendar sponsored by Performance Machine, Corona Suzuki, and MotoWheels.com with many of the top world superbikes including Troy Bayliss' factory Ducati 998F-02 photographed at last year's Laguna Seca SBK round. And in the 2004 Garage Girls Calendar with other SBK Fast Dates Calendar model and Ducati Corse umbrella girls Chandi Mason and Janelle Perzina. Both Nicki, Chandi and Janelle will be featured in the 2005 Fast Dates available this next July 2004, with no doubt, a picture similar to the one here of Nicki with Neil Hodgson's championship winning Ducati 999F03 on the cover.
Find out more about Nicki Lane in Meet the Models. She more of Nicki with Team Ducati Corse at Laguna Seca in Fast Dates Calendar News. Purchase Nicki's 2004 FastDates.com Calendars. See a lot more of Nicki in her very revealing pictorials in Members Corner.
Setup and modification tips for the Ducati 999 / 749 Superbikes models are now available in Paddock Garage.