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Certianly the most beautiful umbrella girl with the rockin'est
body on the AMA National circuit is sexy Team Corona Suzuki umbrella
girl Tara Moreland.
spokesmodel from Lafayette, Louisiana, Tara will be flying out
to Los Angeles next month to shoot with us for the 2006 FastDates.com
the Hell is Ten Kate?
And how are they beating the factory teams?
AMA Chevrolet Superbike Championship Final at VIR to Oct 9th &
Ohio (Sept. 14, 2004) -- AMA Pro
Racing today announced the AMA Chevrolet Superbike Championship
event at Virginia International Raceway and AMA Supermoto Championship
event at South Boston Speedway scheduled for this weekend have
been postponed due to complications related to Hurricane Ivan.
AMA Pro Racing is continuing discussions with both Virginia International
Raceway and South Boston Speedway regarding possible make-up dates.
-AMA have announced that the weekend of October 9 & 10 has
been nominated as the new date for the postponed final round of
this year’s American AMA Chevrolet Superbike Championship
at Virginia International Raceway.
AMA Chevrolet Superbike Championship (After 16 of 18 races, 2
races remain @ VIR)
1. Mat Mladin (532, 8 wins);
2. Jake Zemke (490, 2 win):
3. Miguel DuHamel (477, 4 ):
4. Ben Bostrom (364, 1 win):
5. Geoff May (344):
6. Eric Bostrom (336, 1 win):
7. John Haner (312):
8. Aaron Yates (298):
9. Eric Wood (284):
10. Josh Hayes (267).
Zdenka is Back...
...and Hotter Than Ever!
like to re introduce you to our beautiful FastDates.com calendal
Angel, Penthouse Pet and Czech mate Zdenka. This
beauty from Prauge has been featured in our calendars since 2001,
and was our offical SBK Fast Dates Calendar girl at Laguna Seca
in 2002 with those photos appearing in 2003 Fast Dates. Zdenka
has also served as the official Aprilia MotoGP umbrella girl (left)
at her home circuit of Bruno the last 3 years wearing some pretty
sexy domimatrix gear.
to Los Angeles this summer looking hotter than ever and we were
happy to shoot her for the next 2006 Calendars, plus a sexy nude
pictorial for our Members Corner
where you can visit Sexy Zdenka right now! Who says summer has
to be boring?
Imola World Superbike Preview
10th round Sept 23-26th
SBK TITLE CHASE ENTERS PENULTIMATE PHASE AT IMOLA
FOUR AND SIX: As the 17th season of World Superbike approaches
its penultimate round there has never been quite so much at stake,
for quite so many riders. Any one of six top competitors have
a mathematical chance of the title but, in more realistic terms,
four riders will be contesting the final two rounds with full
expectations of winning the title. New technical rules for 2004,
making all engine configurations more competitive, plus the adoption
of a single tyre supplier, have been the prime factors behind
this most closely contested of seasons.
The 4.933km Imola circuit hosts World Superbike for the fourth
time this year and the city centre parkland circuit has been the
scene of some breathless SBK action in each of those years. The
fast and flowing nature of the venue, combined with the undulations
laid out by Mother Nature mean that even the proliferation of
speed calming chicanes do little to hamper the ridersí
high overall pace around the lap. With lap times over 160kmph
on average, Imola is one of the fastest on the calendar and rated
as a true riderís circuit - where the machine performance
is important but always secondary to the input of the rider.
CLOSE TO HOME:
Such has been the keen competition in SBK this season that the
championship battle features four riders within a mere 14 points
of each other. With a total of 100 points up for grabs for any
who can win the final four legs of the championship, first of
all at Imola and the final round at Magny Cours in France, there
are no certainties at this point. Regis Laconi (Ducati Fila 999F04)
lost his championship lead to his team-mate James Toseland (Ducati
Fila 999F04) at the previous Assen round, but the French ace still
sits in third place overall, only ten points from Englishman Toseland.
Imola is almost a ëhomeí race for both factory Ducati
riders, as Imola is a short Autostrada blast away from the Ducati
Fila teamís headquarters in Borgo Panigale, Bologna. With
the vociferous ëDucatistií in attendance Imola will
be its usual cauldron of crimson banners on raceday. Each factory
rider has an individual reason to feel confident for Imola, with
Laconi the only current SBK rider to have won at the venue, while
Toselandís resurgence gave him a win at the most recent
2004 SBK event in Assen.
CHIEF: SBK rookie Chris Vermeulen (Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR) has
consistently belied his relative Superbike inexperience and trails
Toseland by only three points, 255 to 252. With the reigning World
Supersport Champion having an unquestioningly spectacular impact
in the premier class, another new SBK star has been born. Vermeulenís
current championship position is also a remarkable achievement
for both his Ten Kate Team, which also made the jump to Superbike
this year, and the new-for-2004 Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade, in
its first season of international competition. Raising their game
at every crossroad they have come to so far, the Ten Kate trinity
of rider, team and four-cylinder machine have scored a quartet
of impressive wins so far.
Noriyuki Haga (Ducati 999RS) currently lies fourth in the championship,
14 points from Toseland, but he is nonetheless holder of a 2004
winning record the envy of all except Laconi, with five full-pointers
under his belt so far. Fully in the hunt, Haga is the most experienced
of all the current championship contenders, but has yet to win
a Superbike race at Imola.
DUO: Pierfrancesco Chili (PSG-1 Ducati) has had a typically eventful
season so far in SBK, with a single race win on his hybrid 998/999
machine, five DNFs in total and arguably more column inches in
the media than any other single rider. The local hero, 40-years-old
and in his 22nd year of senior racing competition, may be a remote
42 points from the lead at present, but at Imola, riding a wave
of local emotion, he could perform in a fashion that sometimes
only Chili can. A rider with an even more up-down season than
Chili is the most experienced SBK rookie imaginable, Garry McCoy
(Ducati Xerox SC 999RS). A single race winner at Phillip Island,
McCoy has taken only two further podiums, despite his best efforts
and a dramatic tail steering style. At a fast track like Imola,
McCoy could find things going his way, despite being surrounded
by Superbikeís best exponents.
Sept 16th - Regis Laconi and James Toseland completed preparations
for the last two rounds of the World Superbike championship with
a two-day test session at Magny-Cours, France, the venue for the
season's finale on October 3.
Almost two days of good weather in the Nevers area enabled the
two Ducati Fila riders to lap without any problems and find some
good settings for the French circuit in view of the race.
whose best time was 1'43.0 on race rubber, declared: "We
worked a lot on chassis settings here and I was very happy with
the feeling. We started with the same front-end problem as at
Assen, but over the two days we sorted that out and I was able
to run very quick and at a very constant pace. I'm optimistic
for the race."
with a time of 1'43.2, was just a couple of tenths of a second
off the pace of his French team-mate. "These two days were
very positive, we were trying to get the bike to work good around
this difficult circuit and we succeeded. We tested a number of
different tyre compounds, both front and rear, and made some changes
to the bike, but I found that I was also pretty happy with my
Assen set-up with which I won last Sunday's race."
Toseland, Vermeulen (Honda), Laconi and Haga (Renegade Ducati)
are still in with a chance of the title as World Superbike heads
to Imola next week and then Magny-Cours seven days later for its
presents its new 2005 model line at Intermot in Munich
President talks about Aprilia
Munich, September 14, 2004 – The gates are opening at the
4th edition of INTERMOT, the international motorcycle and bicycle
show in Munich. The
first motorcycle manufacturer to meet the press was Ducati, which
presented its new line for 2005.
world of Ducati is on display in an 800 square meter space at
stand number 705. Ducati is set to welcome thousands of fans of
celebrated Italian motorcycle maker with its full range of bikes,
accessories and apparel destined for stores and racetracks in
of the fluctuations of the market, which are sometimes favourable
and other times not, as during this particularly difficult year,
the development of the Ducati range of bikes is always based on
two fundamental criteria" commented Federico Minoli, the
Chairman and Managing-Director of Ducati.
the Superbike segment we are transferring all the innovations
and appearance of the racing bike to the streetbike
product, whereas for the other families, we continue to innovate
in the best Ducati tradition, albeit remaining faithful to the
aesthetic and technological principles that have always characterised
as the Aprilia group is concerned - continued the Ducati Chairman
- the situation remains unsettled, with a decision expected from
the pool of financing banks on the future of the company. Ducati
has confirmed its offer for the acquisition of the entire group
and also its interest in only the Moto Guzzi brand and in Aprilia's
is linked to an industrial plan that foresees the relaunching
of the products and the brands. The success of Ducati demonstrates
products with a strong personality and a precise market positioning
are the most effective way of taking on the Far East's major motorcycle
manufacturers, rather than the sheer weight of numbers of bikes
many new offerings from Ducati. Each family has been upgraded
to improve performance, comfort and style, including the 999 SBK
range and the new Multistrada s shown at left.
GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN FOR DUCATI MARLBORO TEAM
Motegi (Japan), Sunday 19 September 2004 - The Grand Prix of Japan
proved to be a disappointing race for the Ducati Marlboro Team
as both riders were involved in crashes and failed to finish.
year, the race at the Motegi circuit in Japan began with a tremendous
pile-up at the first corner which involved six riders including
Loris Capirossi. The Italian, who lay immobile on the ground after
the crash, suffered slight concussion and two bone fractures to
his right foot. It was a day to forget also for team-mate Troy
Bayliss. Sixteenth on the starting-grid, the gritty Australian
was making a fantastic recovery when he crashed five laps from
the end while in fifth position.
The good performance
of the Ducati Marlboro Team riders on Friday and Saturday, when
both Loris and Troy were quick on race tyres, was not transformed
into a similar result in the race.
could have been our best race of the season, but instead it was
a day to forget" declared Livio Suppo, director of the Ducati
Marlboro Team. "During the warm-up Loris was third quickest
and Troy was also in a good position. Unfortunately Loris was
involved in a bad crash at the first curve and was unable to demonstrate
all his potential. Troy, after starting in sixteenth position,
was having an incredible race, but he crashed while in fifth place
five laps from the end. In 2003 on this track we were struggling
a lot, but this weekend's qualifying demonstrated how much the
bike has progressed since last year: unfortunately we were unable
to get a good result to confirm this progress".
Grand Prix of Japan came to an end at the first corner, when he
was involved in a big crash, together with five other riders.
The Italian, who had been consistently quick over the weekend
and third in the morning warm-up, was convinced a good result
could have been possible today. Now Loris is faced with a race
against time to recover for the Grand Prix of Qatar.
"I don't know what happened, I just found myself on the ground"
admitted Loris afterwards in the Clinica Mobile. "It was
a pity, but that's racing and these things can happen. This could
have been an important race for us: we had gone well during qualifying
and in the morning warm-up and were convinced we could have obtained
a good result, instead it all came to an end at the first curve.
This is a strange track and last year there was also a crash involving
4 or 5 riders, including Troy. I'm now just going to have to do
well in the next race."
Team rider Troy Bayliss gave the spectators at Japan's Motegi
circuit an exciting race: after starting from the sixth row, he
managed to get up to fifth place with a spectacular recovery.
Unfortunately Troy's race came to an end when he crashed out with
five laps remaining.
a reasonably good start and I had a good race despite starting
from sixteenth on the grid. I was really disappointed about the
crash because I was riding well. It's better to have a crash in
fifth position than sixteenth position, so I'm leaving here on
a positive note because I was doing OK. I look forward to the
next race, I'm going to go home and train like mad to get ready
Desmosedici! FastDates.com takes an exclusive visit inside the
Ducati Corse MotoGP Race Shop!
Plus - See our visit to Ducati Racing School at Misano and the
On Thursday 16th September a group of journalists were given a
unique opportunity - the chance to see inside the headquarters
of HRC (Honda Racing Corporation and MSD (Motor Sports Developments)
at the Honda R&D Asaka Center.
within the boundary of Tokyo’s never-ending conurbation,
the HRC headquarters hosted 16 journalists, from six countries,
who were given a guided tour of HRC’s management offices,
plus technical insights into the design, bench testing, development
and assembly departments.
50 HRC and 70 MSD staff on site, and the MSD staff a small part
of approximately 2,000 Honda R&D workers in total, the outright
scale of operations was something of a surprise to those who imagined
never-ending rows of computers, personnel and top-secret ante-rooms.
The scope of operations undertaken by HRC and MSD is nonetheless
unparalleled, with off road and track racing machines sharing
space on the various shop floors, plus cyberspace time on the
computer aided design screens.
design floor of HRC is where the ideas generated inside the company
are first given substance, albeit only as a visual 3D version
in the first instance. Sophisticated software is then used to
produce the final design parameters, for all components on the
After production of the actual parts, the engines and complete
machines are assembled, ready to be tested on one of numerous
dynamometers, of rolling road, static bench test and chassis evaluation
the assembly department machines are painstaking prepared, with
full factory RC211V engines brought to life alongside the ongoing
meticulous assembly of a customer SWS two-stroke, or a four-stroke
World Trials machine – or even a downhill racing mountain
bike, complete with integral gearbox.
entire visit was designed to prove HRC’s modernistic philosophy,
that it should be an open and approachable company, with the only
real secrets being those under development by the leading edge
engineering groups in HRC and MSD.
factory visit was followed-up by the latest of Honda’s technical
briefings, held for the first time in Japan,
after first qualifying at the Motegi MotoGP race.
LA DUCATI DAY
October 14th La Honda,
(San Francisco region) CA
Motivated Ducati owners in the San Francisco Bay Area and Ducati
North America wil organize a full day of biker activities in La
Honda, California to support the La Honda Fire Department
MH900evoluzione Owners Club, Ducati North America. BevelHeaven.com
Wong will host La Ducati Day 2004 on October 10th, 2004 in La
activities include Ducati Garage Challenges, auctions, raffles,
Concourso Ducati, technical seminars, food, music and other fun
LDD2004 takes place in La Honda, California situated in the beautiful
Cruz Mountains California, now renamed "La Ducati".
area is home to
some of the most beautiful motorcycling roads in California. Admission
to La Ducati Day 2004 is FREE. Arrive with your Ducati and enjoy
the day with fellow Ducatisti. Some of the events listed below
have a modest entry fee, of which 100% goes
to the La Honda Fire Brigade.
· ·Sportbike Suspension Setup Clinic
Jim Lindemann and Gary Jaehne will measure and tune your motorcycles
suspension to match your weight/riding style, all for a $30.00
donation to the La Honda Fire Brigade.
Attendees can purchase raffle tickets to win very cool prizes
that will be raffled off during the event.
· ·Auction Area
Charity auction to raise money for the La Honda Fire Brigade.
· ·Ducati Clubs Area
Participating Ducati Clubs and groups will be able to display
in this area. No fee for Ducati Clubs to participate, but must
provide club volunteers to work the Helmet Check/Welcome area,
Parking Area and other duties for the event.
· ·Concorso Ducati Area
Ducati Concours d'Elegance brought to you by BevelHeaven.com -
fee for participants, general admission is free.
· ·Swap Meet Area
Attendees who register will be allowed to display and sell, barter
or trade their Ducati related items in this area. A $15.00 fee
will be charged to display. If you would like to register to display,
please contact Hans Mellberg.
· ·Tech University Classroom style seating area
for technical discussions/sessions on riding, maintenance, etc.
· ·Vendor Area
Retail vendor display area, where manufacturers and dealers will
have the latest Ducati parts and accessories available to browse
· ·Ducati Garage Challenge Area
Ducati Garage Challenges: A $5.00 fee will be charged for each
Ducati Challenge entered.
information please visit www.ducatiusa.com
PR and Event Coordinator
Ducati North America
President MH900Evoluzione Owners Club