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MotoGP Set-up Report - Laguna Seca, USA - July 4th 2005


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    Just one week after his stunning wet weather win at Donington Park in England, reigning MotoGP World Champion Valentino Rossi was back on top of the podium at the Sachsenring circuit as he snatched victory from Sete Gibernau (Honda) on the final lap of the German Grand Prix today. The tenth round of the 2005 campaign and Rossi's 150th Grand Prix appearance in all was stopped after five laps when John Hopkins (Suzuki) crashed out and left his machine strewn in the middle of the circuit. By that time Rossi had made his way up to second place and when the race restarted he quickly began to pile the pressure on early race leader Nicky Hayden, taking the lead on the second lap. Read more.....

    James Buckingham took a fairy-tale third place podium finish and set a new lap record at today's Castle Combe Grand National during his debut ride for Rizla Suzuki. Read more.....

    Gauloises Yamaha riders Valentino Rossi and Colin Edwards recovered from a difficult first day at the Sachsenring to improve their positions today, qualifying on the second and third row respectively for tomorrow's German Grand Prix. Rossi in particular made impressive progress after struggling to the thirteenth fastest time yesterday, mounting a strong challenge this afternoon in an entertaining battle for pole position that was eventually won by Nicky Hayden (Honda). Read more.....

    Rizla Suzuki's James Buckingham will start from fifth and James Haydon from seventh in tomorrow's double-header Grand National at the Castle Combe circuit in Wiltshire. Read more.....

    Gauloises Yamaha riders Valentino Rossi and Colin Edwards both struggled to get comfortable at the Sachsenring circuit as the first free practice sessions for the German Grand Prix took place today. Rossi fell for only the second time this season in the morning session, losing front grip in the downhill, left-hand corner at turn two, but escaped without injury. Despite returning to the track with an improved time in the afternoon the Italian could only manage the thirteenth fastest lap on the day's combined time sheets, as he struggled to find front and rear grip for his Yamaha YZR-M1 machine. Read more.....

    Please note that this is provisional and may be subject to change. However, given the disruption caused this year by calendar changes, all efforts are being made to ensure this calendar is adhered to. Read more.....

    Research carried out by the Motor Cycle Industry Association (MCI) revealed that the majority of the public, both riders and non-riders, agree that young people should have special places where they can participate in off-road motor sport activities. Read more.....

    Honda Racing has announced its final line-up for the 2005 Superbike Grand National at Castle Combe this weekend. The team is entering three riders into the non-championship event at Wiltshire. Karl Harris and Steve Plater will both ride Honda-Racing.co.uk CBR1000RR Fireblades and Jonathan Rea will compete aboard the Red Bull Honda. Read more.....

    The Brit pack of Iddon, Winstanley and Warren fresh from the World Championships will be making a welcome return to UK action alongside Belgian ace Fred Fiorentino and French hotshot Sylvain Bidart for the third round of the Vivaldi British Supermoto Championship at the Rockingham Motor Speedway on July 31st as part of a 100 plus field. Read more...

    On Thursday 7th July 2005, terrorists attacked London killing and injuring innocent members of society. People like you, me and those around you - just going about doing their business. Read more.....

    British Superbike Privateer Championship leader James Buckingham will race for Rizla Suzuki at the Grand National at Castle Combe Circuit in Wiltshire this weekend alongside James Haydon. Read more.....

    Airwaves Ducati rider Leon Haslam was fastest across all three sessions at the official British Superbike Test at Cadwell Park today. With two of the three sessions run on a dry track and many of the Englishman's rivals also present at the Lincolnshire circuit, it was a major boost ahead of the resumption of the BSB season. Leon's teammate, Gregorio Lavilla, spent a productive day learning the track and was pleased to gain prior knowledge of the circuit before the race there on the 29th August. Read more.....

    Yamaha Factory rider and reigning World Champion Valentino Rossi entered the 2004 German Grand Prix, held at the Sachsenring with high expectations since the tight and twisty circuit has traditionally suited the nimble Yamaha. But after a determined fourth place in what was a dramatic and changeable race it was Max Biaggi (Honda) who mounted the podium as winner. Read more.....

    Countdown for the arrival of the first two new SportClassics has begun with production of the Paul Smart 1000 Limited Edition starting in September and immediately followed by the Sport 1000 which will now be available in three different colours. Read more.....

    The Motorcycle Action Group (MAG UK) has launched its campaign for the fitment of Motorcycle Friendly Crash Barriers. Read more.....

    It had an overwhelming take-off, already claims cult status and is seen as a benchmark model in its segment: the MZ 1000SF SuperFighter. Now the Zschopau motorcycle manufacturer goes one further with a small special edition: 25 units of the SF red will be produced - and none more. Read more.....

    Parts Unlimited Ducati Austin's Eric Bostrom won his third victory of the season at Mid-Ohio on Sunday, leading all 26 laps on his Ducati 999. Neil Hodgson augmented the team's fourth win of the year with a solid fourth place at the notoriously difficult Mid-Ohio circuit. Read more.....

    Gauloises Yamaha rider Valentino Rossi extended his advantage at the top of the MotoGP World Championship to 104 points, with his seventh victory from nine races this season in the British Grand Prix today. The Italian splashed his way through several centimetres of standing water and lashings of torrential rain to clinch his fourth MotoGP win at Donington Park after a treacherous race that saw no fewer than eleven riders crash. Read more.....

    Parts Unlimited Ducati Austin's Eric Bostrom earned his third podium finish in five races on Saturday at Mid-Ohio. In the hot conditions, Bostrom put his Ducati 999 "on the box" once again as he continued his run of recent competitiveness. Neil Hodgson was fifth as he made a run at fourth place as the checkered flag fell, ending up just 0.041 behind Duhamel (Honda). Read more.....

    Gauloises Yamaha Team rider Valentino Rossi will start tomorrow's British Grand Prix from the front of the MotoGP grid after clocking his fifth pole position of the season in this afternoon's qualifying practice at Donington Park. The Italian smashed his own pole record at the Nottinghamshire circuit by almost a second when he clocked a time of 1'27.897 on his 27th lap of the afternoon session. Rossi's effort put him over half a second clear of his rivals just two minutes from the end of the session, with Sete Gibernau (Honda) reducing the gap to 0.285 seconds on the final lap. Read more.....

    In a day marked by damp conditions, Parts Unlimited Ducati Austin teammates Eric Bostrom and Neil Hodgson qualified their Ducati 999s on the provisional second row for this weekend's Mid-Ohio Superbike races. Read more.....

    Gauloises Yamaha Team riders Colin Edwards and Valentino Rossi set the pace on the opening day of the British Grand Prix under damp grey skies at Donington Park today. Edwards and Rossi were first and second fastest respectively in the morning session and their best times remained unbeaten in the afternoon as light rainfall interrupted the second free practice. Arriving in Great Britain on the back of consecutive podium finishes at Assen and Laguna Seca, Edwards was quickly on the pace this morning and was the only rider able to beat his own lap record of 1'29.973 - set on his way to second place behind Rossi during last year's race. Read more.....

    The second and final day of the Ducati Xerox Team's two-day test at the Eurospeedway Lausitz in Germany was cut short this afternoon as heavy rain lashed the circuit most of the day. Read more.....

    After winning three of the last four AMA Superbike races, the Parts Unlimited Ducati Austin team will look to continue their recent streak at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course this weekend. Eric Bostrom and Neil Hodgson hope to break a trend at Mid-Ohio's Superbike doubleheader. No Ducati-mounted rider has won at the 2.4-mile (3.8-kilometer), 15-turn circuit since 1992, but both the factory Ducati 999 riders have proven capable of finishing first, most recently with Bostrom winning at Laguna Seca. Read more.....

    Steve Martin was the sole FPR rider to join four other World Superbike teams on track for a two-day test at the Eurospeedway circuit in Germany today. Read more.....

    The Motor Cycle Industry Association (MCI) has today launched the motorcycle industry's new motorcycle safety strategy. This new strategy follows the successful implementation of the majority of the actions in its 2003 strategy for making motorcycle safer to use on UK roads. Read more.....

    Threatening rain in the early laps of the 2004 British Grand Prix could not stop Yamaha rider Valentino Rossi from picking up his fifth win of the year in commanding fashion. In front of 82,091 spectators Rossi's one-man charge at the Donington track increased his championship lead to 22 points ahead of Honda riders Sete Gibernau and Max Biaggi. Rossi's team-mate Carlos Checa made a determined ride to sixth place. Read more.....

    Ian Lougher dominated the 2005 Southern 100 road race event taking five wins and two second place finishes, in the 50th anniversary year of racing at the famous Billown Circuit in the Isle of Man. Lougher also set two new lap records and one outright race record in both Superbike and Supersport 600cc classes during the four day Isle of Man road race spectacular. Read more.....

    Entries for the July 31st Rockingham Motor Speedway round of the Vivaldi British Supermoto Championship are on target to exceed 100 with a substantial number of riders expected to test on the Saturday at the all new track. Read more.....

    The annual motorcycling campaign Ride to Work Day has the backing of some famous faces who have lined up to support motorcycling as the way forward for commuter transport. Read more.....

    The Ducati Xerox Team pairing of James Toseland and Régis Laconi had mixed fortunes in the Czech Round of the World Superbike Championship at Brno, where the two wins went to Troy Corser (Suzuki) and Noriyuki Haga (Yamaha). Read more.....

    James Toseland (Ducati Xerox Team) produced his best qualifying performance of the year at the Brno circuit in the Czech Republic as he powered his Ducati 999F05 to second place on the grid. The reigning world champion, sporting a new totally shaved head look, was only ninth after the regular two qualifying sessions but he held on to the top slot with a time of 2m03.180s until the championship leader Troy Corser went quicker towards the end. Team-mate Régis Laconi was not so fortunate, the Frenchman only qualifying ninth in Superpole and he will start from the third row of the grid in tomorrow's two 20-lap races. Read more.....

    Suzuki has expanded its hugely successful 'Ride Away for £1' campaign to include the GSF1200 and GSF1200S Bandits and the ultimate naked muscle bike, the GSX1400. Read more.....

    Three of the stars of Moto GP will be visiting the quaint market town of Northallerton in North Yorkshire for the tenth annual 'Night With The Stars' which takes place next Tuesday evening, 19th July at Club Amadeus. Read more.....

    Régis Laconi and James Toseland set fifth and ninth quickest times respectively in first WSBK qualifying at Brno as a last-minute scramble on qualifying tyres moved them away from the top positions. Both Ducati Xerox Team riders, who tested here in much cooler conditions one month ago, complained about a lack of grip on their qualifying runs, but were confident with their performance on race set-up. Read more.....

    On Wednesday the 6th of July 2005, European motorcyclists met with their elected representatives at the European Parliament in Strasbourg to enjoy a motorcycle ride through the beautiful Alsacian region. Read more.....

    The Motorcycle Action Group have been made aware that some of the country's roads were beginning to melt in the recent heat wave, and that in parts of County Durham, Cumbria and Northumberland councils have been sending out gritting lorries to spread crushed rock dust in an attempt to combat the problem. Read more.....

    Calling all Buell & Harley Davidson riders.. Do you own a Buell or Harley Davidson motor bike that you'd love to get "made-over" by the Los Angeles bike shop specialists who made the bike for Arnie in "The Terminator". Read more.....

    On Sunday 17th July 2005 Cumbria Constabulary are holding a Road safety event at Carlisle Racecourse. The event is geared towards Road Safety and Casualty Reduction and is aimed at motorcyclists and young car drivers. The force has a big input with 'Bikesafe', which is a National Police initiative to reduce casualties amongst motorcyclists. The force would also like to include car drivers in road safety initiatives aimed at reducing casualties. Read more.....

    Valentino Rossi is the man of the moment as World MotoGP powers into Donington Park for the British Motorcycle Grand Prix on Sunday July 24. Read more.....

    Ride to Work Day 20th July 2005 - Commuting on a bike or scooter amount to two-thirds of all motorcycle journeys and in an age when car is the king and congestion is increasing there has never been a better time for people to take the plunge and use two-wheels to enhance their journey to work. Read more.....

    Matt Winstanley makes a rare race appearance on a motocross bike for the fourth round of the British Masters Motocross Series at Abram this weekend. Winstanley will take a break form his challenge for British and world supermoto titles to return to motocross for a rare outing. Read more.....

    Valentino Rossi is the man of the moment as World MotoGP powers into Donington Park for the British Motorcycle Grand Prix on Sunday July 24. Read more.....

    Motorcycle registration figures released by the Motor Cycle Industry Association (MCI) show that the total sales of two wheelers during June 2005 are up by 2% on June 2004. Read more.....

    Yamaha Motor Company celebrated its 50th Anniversary with a double podium finish at Laguna Seca today, as Colin Edwards and Valentino Rossi took second and third place respectively in the United States Grand Prix. Both riders played a starring role in the eighth round of the MotoGP World Championship and enjoyed a thrilling battle for the final two rostrum positions that went to the last lap of a race won by Nicky Hayden (Honda). Whilst Hayden got an electric start from pole position, both Rossi and Edwards were baulked in their attempts to give chase on the opening lap. Having started from second on the grid, Rossi made it back to the same position by the end of the first lap after a battle with Troy Bayliss (Honda), whilst Edwards was forced to fight his way through the pack after being forced back to seventh in a combative first-corner clash. Read more.....

    The 4th round of the Superside FIM Sidecar World Championship started and ended with more controversy and drama for the two leading teams of World Championship leaders Tim & Tristan Reeves, and their closest rivals Jörg Steinhausen & Trevor Hopkinson. Read more.....

    Parts Unlimited Ducati Austin's Eric Bostrom was victorious at Laguna Seca on Saturday, winning the AMA Superbike race held in front of a record crowd at the 2.2-mile circuit. Bostrom took the lead at the start and officially led all 28 laps of the race to take his 14th career AMA Superbike victory and his second of 2005. Bostrom won over the highly competitive field by a margin of 5.91 seconds for the Ducati 999's third triumph in the last four AMA Superbike contests. Read more.....

    Airwaves Ducati rider Gregorio Lavilla claimed his third victory of the season in the eighth round of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship at Snetterton today. The Spaniard's teammate, Leon Haslam, also took a fantastic second position but both riders were left wondering what might have been when they were each unable to complete a race. The pairing now lie third and fourth in the Championship standings with the team placed second in the manufacturer's points table. Read more.....

    Yamaha Factory Racing riders Valentino Rossi and Colin Edwards will start from the first and second rows respectively in the eighth round of the MotoGP World Championship, after finishing second and fifth fastest in today's sell-out qualifying session at Laguna Seca. After lapping fifth and sixth quickest in the morning free practice, both riders were consistently on the pace in the afternoon heat and are confident of their chances in tomorrow's Grand Prix, the first to be held on U.S. soil since 1994. Read more.....

    Airwaves Ducati rider Leon Haslam took a fantastic pole position for the eighth round of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship at Snetterton today. His teammate, Gregorio Lavilla, will start from the second row of the grid in seventh position. Read more.....

    Yamaha Factory Racing riders Valentino Rossi and Colin Edwards began their preparations for the eighth round of the MotoGP World Championship in front of a bumper crowd today as the series returned to Laguna Seca after an exile of more than a decade. It was a day of contrasting experiences for the Yamaha pair, with the reigning World Champion paying his first visit to the legendary Californian circuit whilst his American team-mate made an exciting homecoming to a track he grew up on in the national AMA series. Read more.....

    Airwaves Ducati riders Leon Haslam and Gregorio Lavilla finished in 3rd and 10th places respectively following two free practice sessions at Snetterton today. With the eighth round of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship taking place on Sunday, the duo were pleased with their initial efforts at the Norfolk circuit. They remain undeterred following a crash each in session two, both uninjured and raring to set quick qualifying times tomorrow. Read more.....

    Yamaha's Factory MotoGP team goes to this weekend's United States Grand Prix in celebratory mood, wearing the famous Yamaha USA colours of yellow, white and black. Read more.....

    Airwaves Ducati riders Leon Haslam and Gregorio Lavilla will be aiming for more race victories as the eighth round of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship takes place at Snetterton this weekend. With the series taking a six week break following this weekend, the 25-lap double header at the Norfolk track will represent a great opportunity to close the gap in preparation for the remaining rounds. Read more.....

    Snetterton plays host to round eight of the ultra competitive 2005 Bennetts British Superbike Championship this weekend - and with HM Plant Honda Racing already dominating the series, both riders are keen to secure victory at the Norfolk circuit. Read more.....

    Neil Hodgson and Eric Bostrom will take the International stage this weekend, racing their Parts Unlimited Ducati Austin 999s in the AMA Superbike race at Laguna Seca in support of MotoGP. The Parts Unlimited Ducati Austin team, winners of two of the last three AMA Superbike races, hopes to keep up their momentum on the revised 2.2-mile (3.6 kilometer) circuit located in the beautiful California hills. Read More.....

    Actor Charley Boorman obviously doesn't like his challenges to be easy. As if riding alongside close friend Ewan McGregor - while circumnavigating the globe on BMW R1150 GS Adventures during the highly successful Long Way Round television series - wasn't difficult enough, he now intends to enter the world's toughest motorsport event, the 2006 Telefónica Dakar Rally. Read more.....

    Rizla Suzuki'S James Haydon will be building on the momentum that saw him post the fastest lap time at a recent Dunlop tyre test when he goes to the eighth round of the British Superbike Championship at Snetterton in Norfolk this weekend. Read more.....

    Ricky Carmichael raced his Team Makita RM-Z450 Suzuki to two runaway victories at the AMA Motocross fifth round at Red Bud in Michigan to increase his series lead to 69 points. Read more.....

    After more than ten years absence from the MotoGP World Championship it was announced late in 2004 that the Laguna Seca circuit would once again features on the 2005 race calendar. The US event was excluded back in 1994 due to track safety concerns and limited crowd attendance figures, despite continued success with the World Superbike Championship. However since signing the agreement with MotoGP, which cemented the return of the US GP, a significant investment has been made to improve track safety and the circuit facilities. Combined with increased interest in the championship buy the US public Laguna Seca is now promising to be a spectacular affair. However, unlike any other race in the championship, the 2005 US GP will only feature the MotoGP class from the regular schedule, with the GP250 and 125 classes being replaced by local AMA events including the AMA Superbikes. Read more.....