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Bimota SB8R Sport Bike

The all-new 2005 GSXR1000 for another AMA Championship title?

Suzuki Factory Pre-Season Test – Sepang Circuit,

Matt Mladin Completes Test of the

all new 2005 Suzuki Factory Superbike

Monday, 8 2004 — Five American Superbike champion Mat has completed his first test aboard the all-new 2005 Suzuki GSX-R1000 that he will take him to a sixth crown in America next Returning to Australia over the Mladin, his Yoshimura Suzuki and teammate Aaron Yates a gruelling three-days at the Sepang in Malaysia last week the latest version GSX-R1000 through a myriad of tests.

By to recent years where the Superbike team shared the with other Suzuki teams such as the factory team, last week’s saw them there alone. has been eagerly awaiting the to ride the latest offering Suzuki and come away the test full of praise for the that has been done by the in readiness for 2005.

“Suzuki made some very improvements with the motorcycle and the package presents itself something that we can work away,” said Mladin.

very promising after the test. It was hard to compare lap with what we have there previously as it rain night we were there, so the was ‘green’ each time we out in the morning. We had one of our ’04 models that we this year to compare it and it stacked up very well. was an issue for us under those but we had a few things to compare the performance

“Dunlop were there in force as well. They had a range of tyres to test and are very hard towards year.”

There has been little time for the team to for the test after the rescheduling of the round of this year’s Superbike Championship, left with less than a to have the new bikes ready to

“The commitment by our team for year is highlighted by the way my crew landed back home at the end of the season, dropped their off and then headed on to Japan they have been the bikes that we used at the over the past three A massive and totally committed by those guys. Everyone was to get going, but with this now complete, they have able to head back and have a well deserved before they head to American for our next test in January.”

The next scheduled appearance for Mladin and his Yoshimura team will be the Dunlop test at the revamped Daytona Speedway, Florida on January 3 to 5,

Calendar Angel Nicki keeps new 2005 World Champion James Toseland cool.

World Superbike Stronger — By Jim Gianatsis

Big Four Return to World for 2005!

Oct 20th — the announcement this week Yamaha Racing Communications Yamaha Moto Europe is to return to the SBK World Superbike in 2005 with a 2 rider based out of their Italian it now appears that all four Japanese manufacturers: Yamaha, Kawasaki and Suzuki are returning to Superbike. The loss of the major factory teams to MotoGP is now and the SBK Championship can look forward to its stature and rivalry to MotoGP as the most important roadracing

Most of the Japanese teams are in the process of coming together and riders, but the Ten Kate Honda of based team with Vermeulen and former Superbike Troy Corser is already up. While another factory team, PSG-1 Kawasaki sign Chris Walker, of Foggy Petronas. And with so new team now looking for riders, going to be a lot of out of work MotoGP next month who will be happy to have another top World Championship to move to, other former Ducati Superbike Champions like Bayliss and Neil Hodgson.

Some might say the Japanese are to World Superbike through the door, using European run teams, to save face in to the series which they 2-3 years ago for the glamour of 4-… But we welcome them back in any shape or form. And the fact are returning through already distributor teams in various countries means they an establshed infrastructure of shops, mechanics and transporters already in

Their costs will be they can support more with money, bikes and And these already established can come out swinging from the race. We are going to have incredible racing in World for 2005.

But not to forget, we also had incredible racing in 2004 Superbike. Despite the 1-2 brand it was certainly the closest Championship with 5 riders in contention for the win from week to week. And the going down to the final at Mangy Cours between Toseland and Regis Laconi.

And let us forget, much appreciation go to Ducati for continuing to support the championship through its lean to help it survive, both for us and for the important marketing tool in is for The Japanese factories lost of this important aspect the few years, and a dramatic decline in sportbike sales and spectator attendance (in America and Japan in was the result.

Acknowledgment and appreciation needs to go out to FGSport president Flammini and marketing director Wicks for enduring the criticism and Pirelli Tires to come in as the SBK Championship sponsor to allow the SBK to financially survive in its lean And it is acknowledged now by all that the use of required spec tires has allowed the to be closer and more exciting. can’t see spec tires a second a lap slower, but they can see the closer racing.

Next in 2005, instead of seeing 5 fighting for the lead at the front of the in World Superbike, we just be seeing 10-15 riders!

And in America, an acknowledgment of disappoint to Laguna Seca Raceway for not its contract with World And to AMA Pro Racing for not creating a world environment for its class rules. tracks and promoters so World could find another in America -the world’s sportbike market. Ironic, it?

Ducati Announces its 2005 Teams

World Champion Hodgson confirmed for AMA Superbike!

Nov 8th Ducati Corse’s 2005 programmes are now taking shape the triple announcement of an unchanged in its World Superbike factory the debut of a young Italian in a satellite World Superbike and a redoubling of its efforts to win the AMA Superbike

24-year-old Brit James who won the 2004 World Superbike on a Ducati 999F04, will the title on the ‘05 version of the bike won ten of the 22 races on the calendar. One month ago at James became the third rider to win the Superbike crown, and his will once again be the Frenchman Regis Laconi, who has been confirmed as Ducati rider for 2005.

“This past week has brilliant, first winning the MCN Man of the award and then having my with Ducati Corse for 2005,” commented Toseland. fantastic to start the season the same team that I won the with and I’m hoping that our will continue to be as successful. I an awful lot last year and I confident about retaining the championship. I can’t wait to get

“I am very happy to be reconfirmed by this is what I wanted,” Laconi. “Next year I try and win the championship for sure, I came close this year but I made some mistakes, though I was nearly always the rider out on the track. c’est la It’s sure to be more next year but I know Ducati will be working than ever over the to prepare an even more bike for the 2005 season.”

A Ducati 999 will also be in World Superbike by the talented youngster Lorenzo Lanzi. The from Cesena earned his with a string of positive in World Supersport, where he fifth overall, and he will a 999RS for the satellite SC team run by Caracchi. The Bologna-based team also continue with the race programme of the Ducati that Lanzi took to its this year.

“I am really to have this new challenge, all because I will have the Supersport team of mechanics me,” declared Lanzi. again I move up a category a year, and for this reason not going to be easy, but I will be the 999RS, which is a very bike, and we hope to get some results.”

The final piece in the for Ducati Corse’s Superbike comes with the announcement Toseland’s fellow Brit and WSBK champion, Neil will line up alongside Bostrom in the Parts Unlimited Austin AMA Superbike team for season. After a difficult in MotoGP on a Desmosedici GP3, the from Burnley is happy to to the 999 bike that took him to the WSBK title and is also this tough new challenge.

had a disappointing experience in MotoGP, such a relief to be back I belong with Ducati declared Hodgson. “The AMA poses a great challenge to me personally and to Ducati as they won it for many years. I would to make history and be the first ever to have won the British and Superbike Championships and the AMA Championship. back with the 999 is going to be so for me and I can’t wait to start

The main thing that I discovered this year is I cannot race just to up the numbers. I need to win!”

Laconi and Lanzi will be in next week on November in three days of testing at whereas Neil Hodgson’s appearance for the AMA Superbike team is for January 3-5, 2005 in at the legendary Daytona circuit in

Championship GSE Team Returns to Superbike

Nov. 8th — a single season away competitive track action GSE will make a welcome and anticipated return to the circuits of the UK, confirmed their intention to at the top level in the prestigious 2005 Superbike Championship. Running specification Ducati 999F04 machinery the GSE squad will be a team, with the riding up to be released in due course.

GSE Racing will also a partnership with Dunlop a co-operation which has previously British Championships and World race wins.

The 2005 of GSE Racing will feature the same backroom staff as in years, headed up by owner and Principal Darrell Healey. Manager Colin Wright once more control the operations of the double British winning team. GSE will to the 13-round British Series the full blessing and support of Corse.

Having secured two crowns in the British Championship, Troy Bayliss in 1999 and Hodgson in 2000, the credentials of the GSE operation are unquestioned. A return to duty for GSE will be a momentous for British racing as a whole, to their successes in World competition.

Having always run V-twin machinery, with support from the Borgo Ducati Corse concern, the GSE has won four World Championship in its own right. Moreover, the ability to support and develop talent has three former GSE Racing promoted to full factory in Ducati’s World Superbike Of even more significance, Bayliss, Neil Hodgson and now Toseland have all gone on to World Superbike success, Hodgson and Toseland taking crowns only one season their move from GSE to the team.

Team Principal stated, “After one year out of our hunger to return is evident in the of the staff and our new riders. Ducati has more supplied us with machinery, for what looks it will be an even more season than last We are a British team, so racing at in one of the most prestigious race on earth, is an exciting prospect for us

Ducati Corse Superbike Director, Paolo Ciabatti, “We are really glad to be able to again with GSE Racing. Our which began in 1998, has growing stronger and stronger the years and has brought to Ducati successes, thanks to the team’s professional management and to their to select and motivate their After one year of absence the racetracks, we are happy that GSE confirmed their loyalty to for their BSB comeback”.

The first of British Championship competition is for March 26 – 28, at the Brands Hatch Circuit, a short hop from the GSE Headquarters, at Ashford in Kent

PETRONAS Signs McCoy and for World Superbike

Nov 9th — Fogarty has signed Australian Garry McCoy and Steve for his Foggy PETRONAS Racing 2005 Superbike World campaign. The two riders will their first taste of on the PETRONAS FP1 at a three-day test in Spain, next week.

said: I am very pleased to been able to replace our from last year, who 9th and 11th in the championship, with two who finished 6th and 7th. We were impressed by the standard of riders were interested in joining us year, which provided a few But, out of all of them, I felt and Steve were the hungriest for — and with points to prove.

Garry is a very rider, with a proven who I think will adapt to our bike. He has a radical style and he has won GPs on a revving two-… machine. The power characteristics are probably to that type of machine the Ducati he rode last

Steve is probably the most rider on the world scene. He to be noticed and now it’s up to him to make sit up and take notice. He is a gutsy with good set-up who suffered with reliability last year so he was the name nobody mentioned — but will now!

McCoy, 32, completed his first in World Superbikes last finishing sixth in the championship and his home race at Phillip Brought up in speedway, McCoy is for his exhilarating riding style, the back wheel into During his career in Grand racing he won three 500cc GPs in when he finished fifth in the

Before switching to superbikes he a total of 17 GP podiums, including victories.

Garry said: I am looking forward to it. It is still early days for the FP1 but, the results the team has been lately, it’s clear it has I never set myself targets, I go out to win. But I am really hoping to do than last year as I now a lot of the tracks that I didn’t in my first season, which it really tough.

I am also pleased to have Steve as a and the chance to share information in to get the bike up there challenging for

Martin, 35, is a former Australian champion, who spent three in World Superbikes with a development team before the tyre rule came force last season. a series of agonising technical during races he finished in the championship standings, including podium finishes. His natural was also underlined with pole positions in 2004.

said: I am really excited by opportunity and I am going to give it I have got. I know the has a great bunch of guys and a bunch of technicians who will be behind me and I am sure that we can consistently for podiums and better my place in last year’s I have seen the FP1 out on track and it handles really well and had pace for only its second of racing.

It improved a lot during season and I am sure that the will continue and that we be on the pace for 2005.

Steve and replace Troy Corser and Walker, who were 9th and 11th in the respectively. (But Martin and were riding much competitive Ducati 999RS04 this year, and will a much more difficult row to hoe in on the underpowered Foggy 900cc Superbike. — Ed).

The new DB5 looks like the budget Ducati should be offering on their 1000DS 2-valve 87hp engine. But with high quality components and volume production this hot new will fetch a high end price.

Bimota Bounces at Intermot with 2 Exciting New

October 2004: Three after an Italian court Bimota and declared the company the maker of some of the most expensive and desirable bikes in the has been revived with new and new money. At the recent Intermot Europe’s biggest motorcycle held in Munich, Germany month, Bimota unveiled a a new model and their current bike.

Bimota SB8R Sport Bike

The bike on which the Rimini manufacturer is pinning its is the DB5, built around the 1000DS L-twin motor powers Ducati’s 1000SS bike, the Multistrada and the 1000

The bodywork has been kept to a so you can see the classic air-cooled motor.

project was conceived with the to take Bimota back to its compactness, lightness and refined details were the initial in the execution of a dream completely in Italy. The styling by Sergio enhances the aggressiveness of the DB5 by leaving of the mechanical parts in view; it be compared to a jewel-studded precious of art.

It features a trellis frame and a tubular trellis swing-arm, Ohlins suspension at each end and an exhaust system. The bodywork has kept to a minimum so you can see the classic motor with its exposed cam and dry clutch doing their

Also unveiled was the Tesi 2D powered by the 1000DS twin, but the famous hub-centre steering designed by Bimota engineer Marconi in the late 1980s for his – hence the name Tesi. A re-interpreting Bimota1s traditional which have left an mark in the history of the motorcycle, such as the HB1, KB2 Laser, DB1 and designs which have been forgotten by enthusiasts all the world.

The system – and the minimal on which it pivots – have further developed by ex-Bimota Rodrigo Ascanio who now has his own engineering under the name VRM.

The also has no bodywork to speak of, so you can see the system at work – see below for a view of this unique

Also shown was the SB8K is the current and updated result of previous commitment with the TL1000S V-twin motor. painted in Anthony Gobert’s to commemorate his … on the World championship with the original Now somewhat outdated, though executed in the Bimota tradition, the will have to carry the until the DB5 becomes available.

Details and Photos HERE

Hayden Fastest MotoGP at Valencia MotoGP Team

MotoGP Tests Valencia 3-4, 2004 . — The grand prix season last Sunday at Valencia but is the level of competition the MotoGP the teams have no time to and reflect on past performances. of the leading teamsincluding Honda, and Ducati stayed on at Valencia to their preparations for the upcoming of vital winter test

The fastest rider on Day One was Yamaha’s Rossi with a 1’33’.45′ followed by American Nicky The former AMA Superbike Champion put in an 94 laps at the demanding 4.005km Tormo Circuit on the outskirts of the of Valencia. Hayden set a best of 1m 33.46 on his five-cylinder 990cc Honda.

The Gauloises Fortuna Team saw World Champion Rossi joined on track by his team-mate Colin Edwards. along with Yamaha rider Wataru Yoshikawa, much of the day testing the first of Yamaha’s latest-spec 2005 M1 Rossi would only on the first day, and not on day two.

made the fastest unofficial lap of the day of 1’33.45s with a total 62 under his belt, while made an impressive first-time record of 1’34.56s and 75 laps.

“We the new bike today and it’s not commented World Champion “I have quite a good of it. I’ve already ridden it and especially because we tried new tyres and it went well those too. It seems to me to be stable, and the traction is more or better.

This bike has good potential for acceleration, and the is still sweet. The biggest is in the chassis. At this moment we are clear on which direction to with it but this is just the test and we still have a way to go. We have concluded our first with the new bike and now we look to the next test later month.”

The Honda riders opened winter test programme new Michelin tyres and the latest development. Hayden would back on the final day of the two-day test held at the Ricardo Circuit, Valencia, in Rossi’s to turn the quickest time of the a 1’33.2. The former AMA Superbike was happy with the progress over the two days.

Hayden now Europe for a short break at before returning to Spain this month for further HRC with the RC211V five-cylinder Honda.

Max Biaggi was busy all testing alternative chassis and new clutch parts for his RCV. The was in and out of the pits several times and 46 laps. Despite the stop start nature of his day Biaggi to better his fastest lap at the Valencia GP Sunday (1m 33.582s) with a of 1m 33.1s at the 4.005km circuit.

The RC211V at the test was in the hands of Sete Gibernau but like he was forced to call it a day after Before he stopped Gibernau to assess the performance of new clutch and

alternative exhaust systems. The tyre test session for with new Michelin tyres was the due to the rain.

Nicky Hayden. 1m — 40 laps. Pretty three days all round.

Got 90 in yesterday and around 40 today a best time of 1’33.18 we stopped when slight fell and we all called it a day. We to click off a whole bunch of mid 1m which we were pretty with. We had a load of Michelins we testing today — get through them all but made pretty good progress Looking forward to a little now before we’re all back in (Jerez) towards the end of November again.

I’m going to try and get a bit of medical advice on my knee hasn’t been 100% since the accident in August.

Max 1m 33.4s — 46 laps. We changes to chassis and some parts today and made progress but we stopped after the came at 14.00.

We only put in 30 or so but the work we did was important for us to be ready for the at Jerez later this

Sete Gibernau. 1m 33.7s 38 laps. The rain had a big effect on our for today.

We managed to test new clutch parts and different of exhaust pipes and hoped to tyres for Michelin in the afternoon. the rain came just lunchtime and we had to abandon the test.

Superbike party girl fast Italian ….

Next Week! MV Agusta F4 Mamba — Exclusive World Test

Mamba World Superbike girl and Calendar Angel Rockin’ Cunningham gets down on her (sliders that is) to give us her of the hot new Italian Superbike and leaves us for more!

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