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Confidence High As Kawasaki Head For Season Opener - April 1st 2005


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    Carl Fogarty's racing achievements will be honoured at a special ceremony at Oulton Park this weekend. Read more.....

    Gauloises Yamaha Team riders Valentino Rossi and Colin Edwards got their first true taste of the Shanghai International Circuit on a tentative first day of action at the inaugural Grand Prix of China today. With the riders using the first free practice session to learn the track layout in the morning, they were denied the opportunity to improve their set-up and lap times in the afternoon due to damp and muggy conditions. Read more.....

    Research carried out by the Motor Cycle Industry Association (MCI) has found that one in five adults votes will be influenced by the transport and motorcycling policies of political parties. Read more.....

    The Parts Unlimited Ducati Austin team heads to California Speedway in Fontana, California, for the third race meeting of the season this weekend. Neil Hodgson is currently second in the AMA Superbike points on the basis of two second place finishes and is looking to close ground at the 2.3-mile circuit. Eric Bostrom is aiming to improve his 2005 fortunes at a track he favors. Bostrom finished second in both Cal Speedway races last year and enjoyed a solid test on his Ducati 999 Superbike earlier this month. Read more.....

    What will you be doing this weekend? Well the Department for Environment, Farming and Rural Affairs (Defra) has said to thousands of motor-sport enthusiasts they will not be participating or spectating at off-road events, such as grass-track racing, trials, enduros and motocross, on fields that farmers have used for generations. Read more.....

    Airwaves Ducati head to Oulton Park this weekend for the fourth round of the British Superbike Championship with their main goal being to register their first race victory of the season at the Cheshire circuit. With the Bank Holiday meeting being the second of back-to-back races, the team are hoping to build on their impressive display at Mallory Park, where both riders secured podiums on a circuit entirely unsuited to the Airwaves-Ducati 999F04 machinery. The duo were made to work extremely hard in difficult circumstances for their rewards but are hopeful for even better results at Oulton Park. Read more.....

    The HM Plant Honda Racing team heads to Oulton Park with the daunting task of maintaining its 100 per cent victory record in the British Superbike Championship. Having secured six wins from six starts -four for Ryuichi Kiyonari and two for Michael Rutter, aboard the HRC-prepared CBR1000RR Fireblades, the aim is to add a further two race wins to the team's tally this weekend. Read more.....

    O'Neal Yamaha team-mates Brad Anderson and Glen Phillips bid to repeat their victories in the opening round of the British Masters Motocross Series when the second event takes place at Hawkstone Park on Sunday, May 8. Anderson leads the Pro 125 class after winning the opening round in Oxfordshire and team-mate Phillips will also be bidding to repeat his Pro Open class win from Culham. Read more.....

    The MotoGP World Championship now makes its way to Shanghai, China for the first time in the championship's illustrious 56-year history. The new circuit, billed as the "the venue for the new millennium" was completed last year and was used for the first time during an international event when the F1 circus made its debut in China. Now it's the turn of the MotoGP boys and the racing promises to be just as intense as the first two rounds. Read more.....

    James Haydon will don Rizla Suzuki leathers and race as a substitute for John Reynolds for the next two rounds of the British Superbike Championship at Oulton and Mondello Park. Read more.....

    The Motorcycle Action Group (MAG) is turning up the pressure on the menace of diesel spills. Read more.....

    Birmingham, AL, April 24, 2005: Parts Unlimited Ducati Austin's Neil Hodgson finished an excellent second in Sunday's AMA Superbike race from Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama. Hodgson rallied from his fourth place finish on Saturday to fight his way back onto the podium in Sunday's 28-lap contest. Hodgson's teammate Eric Bostrom also came home in the top five on his Ducati 999, his best finish of the year. Read more.....

    World Superbike Championship leader Troy Corser raced his Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra GSX-R1000 to a sensational double victory at today's third round in Valencia, Spain as team mate Yukio Kagayama scored hard-fought third and seventh places. Read more.....

    Valencia (Spain), Sunday 24 April: Round 3 of the World Superbike Championship proved to be a difficult weekend for the Ducati Xerox Team as Régis Laconi missed both races due to a crash in the morning warm-up, while James Toseland did the best he could from a sixth row starting-grid position. Read more.....

    Michael Rutter took a devastating double victory at the third round of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship in front of his home fans at Mallory Park in Leicestershire. The HM Plant Honda Racing star took maximum points and the championship lead after his team-mate Ryuichi Kiyonari was injured in an incident earlier in the day. Read more.....

    (Mallory Park- 24th April)- Airwaves Ducati riders Gregorio Lavilla and Leon Haslam took similar rewards away from a dramatic day at Mallory Park today. Both riders secured a podium each from the two races and left the team satisfied with their performance following a crash strewn programme at the Leicestershire circuit. With 3 restarts across the two races, the team were made to work particularly hard for their results in difficult circumstances and will now be looking forward to even better results at Oulton Park next weekend. Read more.....

    RIZLA SUZUKI racer Scott Smart scored his best result of the season so far with a fifth place finish in race one of the third round of the British Superbike Championship at Mallory Park in Leicestershire. Read more.....

    Neil Hodgson and Eric Bostrom earned solid finishes in the points during Saturday's AMA Superbike race at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama. Hodgson had his Ducati 999 Superbike in place to take another podium finish for much of the race but ended up fourth. Eric Bostrom ran in sixth position for a time but took the checkered flag in eighth place in the 28-lap race held in cool and overcast conditions. Read more.....

    Valencia (Spain), Saturday 23 April: Régis Laconi will start tomorrow' s third round of the World Superbike Championship at Valencia, Spain from the front row of the grid after setting third-quickest time in Superpole. Eleventh overnight, the Frenchman improved his qualifying time by well over one second today and then put in a good performance in the one-lap dash to end up behind poleman Corser (Suzuki) and second-placed Vermeulen (Honda). Read more.....

    Ryuichi Kiyonari and Michael Rutter dominated qualifying at Mallory Park today for the third round of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship. The HM Plant Honda Racing team-mates finished in first and second positions respectively, with only Glen Richards providing any resistance from the rest of the Superbike field. Read more.....

    Valencia (Spain), Friday 22 April: Ducati Xerox Team riders Régis Laconi and James Toseland finished the first day of qualifying at Valencia in eleventh and twelfth positions today as both riders opted not to make a qualifying attack and instead focus on their race set-up. Read more.....

    London, UK (22nd April)- With the third round of the British Superbike Championship at Mallory Park rapidly approaching on 24th April, Airwaves Ducati were today pleased to finalise their line up. The team announced that Gregorio Lavilla will ride the Airwaves-Ducati 999F04 for the remainder of the season as they continue their bid for the championship title at the Leicestershire circuit. The Spaniard has been installed alongside 21-year-old Leon Haslam. The team also confirmed that James Haydon, for the good of the team and Airwaves Ducati, would stand down for the rest of the season. Read more.....

    Valencia (Spain), Thursday 21 April: Two down and ten remaining as Ducati Xerox Team riders James Toseland and Régis Laconi arrive in Valencia, Spain for the first round of this year's World Superbike Championship to be held on European soil. After two overseas events in Qatar and Australia, the Ricardo Tormo Circuit now provides the Spanish backdrop for the reigning world champion and his French team-mate's assault on the 2005 title. Read more.....

    Superside are pleased to announce top cross-channel ferry operator Norfolkline as a new partner for the 2005 FIM Sidecar World Championship. Read more.....

    Yamaha Motor Germany's Turkish superstock rider Kenan Sofuoglu had the honour of taking the first lap of the newly built race track of Istanbul, Turkey which will hold the first ever Turkish MotoGP race on October 23. Read more.....

    Fancy your chances at becoming the UK's best all round motorcycle rider? Reckon you can put some of the best riders from British Superbikes, British Enduro, British Motocross and British Supermoto to the test? Challenge them for huge prize money and gain yourself a big name in the Motorcycle fraternity? Then you need to be involved in Dunlop's Ultimate Biker Challenge. Read more.....

    Passionate motorcyclists throughout the World, and especially those with a keen interest in Clews Competition Motorcycles, or as they are more commonly known, CCM - will be delighted to know that the company is now back in the hands of its original owner. Read more.....

    The German motorcycle manufacturer MZ launches a new touring bike into the market: the MZ 1000 ST SuperTraveller that has been designed for the sporty tour rider. The SuperTraveller is based on the 1000cc MZ model range for which MZ has been awarded with several design awards. The other MZ 1000cc bikes are the sportsbike 1000 S and the naked bike 1000 SF SuperFighter. Read more.....

    Twenty-five years after it created the 'big enduro' off-road genre, BMW Motorrad will launch the HP2 enduro ('High Performance 2-cylinder') - an uncompromising, sporting and exceptionally light road-legal off-road motorcycle. Read more.....

    The blistering pace set by Ryuichi Kiyonari at the previous two rounds and team-mate Michael Rutter's knowledge of his local track spells trouble for HM Plant Honda Racing's title rivals at round three of the 2005 Bennetts British Superbike Championship at Mallory Park. Read more.....

    Former 250cc World Champion, Olivier Jacque, will make his racing return with the Kawasaki Racing Team for the Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai and the French Grand Prix at Le Mans. Read more.....

    Carl Fogarty is looking for his Foggy PETRONAS Racing team to turn the promise of recent qualifying performances into the hard currency of race results at the third round of the Superbike World Championship in Valencia, Spain, this weekend. Read more.....

    Dougie Lampkin (Repsol Montesa HRC) took an historic victory at the Grand Prix of Portugal, when he gave the new four stroke trials bike its first World victory during its maiden outdoor competition at this level. Read more.....

    Kawasaki's Alex Hofmann will be forced to sit out the next two Grand Prix races in China and France as a result of the injuries sustained when he was highsided from his Ninja ZX-RR during a promotional event ahead of the Portuguese Grand Prix. Read more.....

    Rizla Suzuki stars John Reynolds and Scott Smart travel to Mallory Park and the third round of the British Superbike Championship this weekend aiming to repeat their performances of last year when they shared the spoils by winning a race each. Read more.....

    The sun shone on the first round of the Vivaldi British Supermoto Championship at Lydd with closely fought racing in both the SM1 and SM2 classes throughout with spoils shared between Husaberg mounted Fiorentino and Winstanley on the KTM. Iddon took a thrilling win in the final race with Warren and Pope also figuring in the results. By popular choice the Naturally Best Rider of the Day award went to Warren. Read more.....

    Valentino Rossi finished second in the Portuguese Grand Prix today after a difficult race with changing weather conditions in Estoril. His Gauloises Yamaha team-mate Colin Edwards showed a marked improvement in his performance but made a small mistake on the slippery track and slid out off from fourth position four laps from the end. He remounted and finished sixth, taking ten points in the process and helping the Yamaha Factory Team to move to the top of the Team Championship standings. Read more.....

    Gauloises Yamaha Team riders Valentino Rossi and Colin Edwards will start from the second and third row of the grid respectively for tomorrow's Portuguese Grand Prix after a highly competitive qualifying session at Estoril this afternoon. In bright sunshine and tepid ambient temperatures of 16º degrees, both Rossi and Edwards mounted pole attacks in an entertaining finale but were unable to convert their good race pace into a front row grid position. Read more.....

    Gauloises Yamaha Team riders Valentino Rossi and Colin Edwards began adjusting their YZR-M1 machines to the demands of the Estoril circuit in typically mixed weather conditions on the windy west coast of Portugal today. Thick black rain clouds blew intermittently across long stretches of blue skies and warm sunshine, with occasional rain showers leaving the track surface slippery and unpredictable. Read more.....

    Reigning AMA Superbike champion Mat Mladin is in a familiar position as the AMA Superbike Championship presented by Parts Unlimited moves from Daytona Beach to Birmingham, Ala., and the Barber Motorsports Park for the Honda Superbike Classic presented by McGraw Insurance Services on April 22-24. Read more.....

    As Greenlight Television reaches its tenth anniversary, the occasion becomes a double celebration with the news that the BBC has confirmed that highlights from this year's races will be given a one-hour slot in its flagship sports programme Grandstand on BBC1, Sunday June 12th with coverage provisionally scheduled to start at 11.30 am. Read more.....

    Rizla Suzuki racers Scott Smart and John Reynolds rose to the challenge of damp and wet weather riding for the first time this year when they took part in an Official British Superbike test at Oulton Park. Read more.....

    Kawasaki's Alex Hofmann will not race in this weekend's Portuguese Grand Prix at Estoril after being diagnosed with a fractured scaphoid in his left wrist, sustained in a crash during a pre-event promotion in Estoril on Wednesday afternoon. Read more.....

    The Portuguese Grand Prix got off to a painful and slightly embarrassing start for Kawasaki's Alex Hofmann when the 24-year-old German crashed his Ninja ZX-RR during an exhibition ride at Estoril's seafront Casino on Wednesday afternoon. Read more.....

    Valentino Rossi put on a show of supremacy during the 2004 Estoril MotoGP, storming to a clear five second win over Honda rider Makoto Tamada. Tamada was himself four seconds ahead of Alex Barros (Honda) and championship rival Sete Gibernau (Honda). Fellow Yamaha rider Carlos Checa also rode a strong race to complete the top five. Read more.....

    Rizla Suzuki British Superbike Champion John Reynolds met with his doctor yesterday and was told his broken right leg is healing well. Read more.....

    Thursday 5 May and Monday 20 June are two dates that should be in any sports bike rider's diary because BMW Motorrad UK is offering a free test ride of its incredible K1200 S at Rockingham circuit in Northamptonshire and is inviting motorcyclists who are thinking of buying a new sports bike this year to 'let the ride decide'. Read more.....

    The Motorcycle Action Group (MAG) is harnessing its members and bikers nationwide to remind politicians that more than ever - bikers are voters. Read more.....

    Suzuki is to run a brand new one-make race series for GSX-R750s at World Superbike events this year. Read more.....

    The British Supermoto Championship has today announced that Naturally Best (Vivaldi) will play a key part in building the profile of the sport in the UK as the 2005 title sponsor. Read more.....

    Marking Yamaha's success on the MotoGP circuit, two of Yamaha's most popular 50cc machines are getting a racy new suit for 2005. Read more.....

    Gauloises Yamaha Team rider Valentino Rossi put the gloss on a perfect start to his defence of the MotoGP World Championship at the Spanish Grand Prix in Jerez today, smashing the lap record by over two seconds and adding an incredible race victory to the pole position he took in yesterday's qualifying session. The reigning World Champion stalked Sete Gibernau (Honda) for almost the entire race, passing him for the first time two laps from the end but allowing the Spaniard back in front with a mistake halfway through the final circulation. Read more.....

    HM Plant Honda Racing's Ryuichi Kiyonari won both races at Thruxton today to make it four consecutive wins on the HRC-prepared CBR1000RR Fireblade. The win gives Kiyonari a 28 points advantage in the 2005 Bennetts British Superbike Championship after just four races. Michael Rutter also had a fantastic day at the Hampshire circuit, finishing in second and third places respectively and moving into third in the points table. Read more.....

    RIZLA SUZUKI racer Scott Smart finished eighth and less than two-tenths of a second off a front row lap-time in today's practice sessions for the second round of the British Superbike Championship at Thruxton in Hampshire. Read more.....

    Ten diverse motorcycle enthusiasts are soon to face a ride of a lifetime as they prepare their BMW R1150 GS Adventures for a 6,500 miles journey from Vladivostok to St Petersburg in May - and hope to raise over $1million (US) dollars for charity in the process. Read more.....

    With round two of the British Superbike Championship rapidly approaching at Thruxton on Sunday 10 April, the recent return of the GSE Racing Airwaves Ducati team to competitive race action has already proved that British racings' prodigal sons have lost none of their impressive prowess. Deprived of the talents of proven BSB race winner James Haydon through injury, shortly before race one of the season, adversity merely spurred on the Airwaves Ducati team to even greater efforts at Brands Hatch on Monday 28th March. Leon Haslam secured pole position and Haydon's stand-in, Gregorio Lavilla, swept up a brace of podium finishes, each riding ex-factory Ducati 999F04 machinery. But for a freakish accident in race one, the 21-year-old rider would most likely have secured at least one podium finish on his own account. Read more.....

    The Jerez Circuit, with its colourful grandstands and unique atmosphere, will be the perfect venue for the first act of the 2005 World Championship . Read more.....

    BMW Group continues its support of the eagerly anticipated 2005 MotoGP World Championship by providing the 'Official Car of MotoGP'. The presentation will take place during the Grand Prix season opener in Spain this weekend. Read more.....

    At the opening round of the 2005 Bennetts British Superbike Championship at Brands Hatch, HM Plant Honda Racing's Ryuichi Kiyonari established himself as the king of the Indy circuit with a comfortable double victory. The Japanese rider also obliterated the existing lap record in a time of 0:45.954, and in doing so, laid down the gauntlet for his title rivals - not least team-mate Michael Rutter. Read more.....

    Airwaves Ducati rider James Haydon has today been ruled out of competing in the second round of the British Superbike season at Thruxton this weekend. Haydon will be unable to take his place on the grid following confirmation from a specialist that he had suffered a 'comminuted fracture' of his left hand whilst pre season testing in Albacete and requires more recovery time before making his entry in this year's BSB Series. Read more.....

    MAG has lodged an early protest against Transport for London's (TfL) proposed £4 charge for the use of London's new Gateway Bridge. Read more.....

    Yamaha returns to the Jerez circuit in Spain this week to begin its defense of the MotoGP World Championship title after an intense winter of testing, which concluded at the Spanish circuit just eight days ago. In the year of Yamaha's 50th anniversary, current World Champion Valentino Rossi and his new Gauloises Yamaha Team-mate Colin Edwards will be challenging for victory on the new, improved version of the impressive YZR-M1 machine that swept to the title in Rossi's prodigious hands in 2004. Read more.....

    Thruxton is Rizla Suzuki's home circuit and the team will be cheered on by legions of local fans when it rolls up for the second round of the British Superbike Championship this weekend. Read more.....

    Troy Corser and Yukio Kagayama pulled off a sensational double one-two on their Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra GSX-R1000s at today's second-round World Superbike Championship at Phillip Island, Australia. Read more.....

    Phillip Island (Australia), Sunday 3 April: Ducati Xerox Team riders Régis Laconi and James Toseland came away from the second round of the World Superbike Championship at Phillip Island with mixed results as they were hampered by a lack of grip in race 1 and then had to deal with changeable weather conditions in a rain-affected two-part second race. Read more.....

    Foggy PETRONAS Racing's joy in qualifying second on the grid for the second round of the Superbike World Championship at Phillip Island, Australia, turned to despair on race day. Read more.....

    Phillip Island (Australia), Saturday 2 April: Régis Laconi and James Toseland (Ducati Xerox Team) will start tomorrow's Australian Round of the World Superbike Championship at Phillip Island from rows 2 and 3 of the grid respectively as a highly-competitive Superpole qualifying session produced a few surprises. Read more.....

    Steve Martin will start tomorrow's second round races in the Superbike World Championship from second on the grid at his home circuit of Phillip Island, Australia. Read more.....

    Phillip Island (Australia), Friday 1 April: Régis Laconi turned in the third quickest time in today's opening qualifying session for the second round of the World Superbike Championship at Phillip Island as his team-maten James Toseland concentrated on gaining a good set-up for Sunday's two races. Read more....

    The 2005 MotoGP World Championship season opens with the Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez on Sunday 10 April, with Kawasaki factory riders, Shinya Nakano and Alex Hofmann, eager to begin the 17-race campaign. Read more.....