Saturday, October 9, 2010
The seven-times World champion notched a best lap of 2min02.724, O.109sec faster than rival Andrea Dovizioso (Honda), who is fourth in overall standings.
Rossi said after practice: 'I am feeling very comfortable on the bike and so far my shoulder is OK here. The track is quite dirty but that will get better and I love riding at this track, it's one of my favourites.'
Dovizioso said he would go all out on Saturday to take a second consecutive pole position
'Today the conditions were really extreme in terms of the heat' - Dovizioso
He said: 'I am happy with the first session at Sepang because we were fast from the very beginning. Today the conditions were really extreme in terms of the heat.'
Championship leader Jorge Lorenzo, who is hoping to seal the world title in Malaysia, was third, 0.174sec behind Yamaha team mate Rossi, who pushed Lorenzo into fourth place on Japan's Motegi circuit after a close-fought battle.
Lornezo said: 'Today's conditions were quite difficult with the high temperatures and dirty track. But I felt good on the bike, I rode fast and I was close to the first position.'
Honda's Dani Pedrosa, the only rider with a mathematical chance of depriving Lorenzo of the championship, will miss the Malaysian race after fracturing his collarbone in Japan.
Rossi lifted the World championship here in 2009 with a podium finish and, of all the current MotoGP riders, has the most impressive record at Sepang - but suffered a shoulder injury in a motocross accident in April and also broke his leg in June
Lorenzo needs only to finish ninth or better to seal the title
Lorenzo, 23, is in a commanding position with a 69-point lead over Pedrosa and needs only to finish ninth or better to seal the title.
Fourth fastest was Casey Stoner, who scored back-to-back victories at Aragon and Motegi. He crashed 12 minutes into practice but was soon back on the track, ending the session 0.436sec behind Rossi.
Stoner, third in the championship standings, could still finish second in the title race with a strong run of results.
Alvaro Bautista of Spain secured a late fifth place for Suzuki while team mate Loris Capirossi (Italy) could only secure twelfth.
French rider Randy de Puniet (Honda) was 10th while Stoner's teammate Nicky Hayden (USA) was way down in 15th in the free practice in hot and dry conditions. - AFP
Results of first practice for the Malaysian MotoGP at Sepang on Friday
1 Valentino Rossi (Italy) Yamaha 2min02.724
2 Andrea Dovizioso (Italy) Honda +0.109sec
3 Jorge Lorenzo (Spain) Yamaha +0.174
4 Casey Stoner (Australia) Ducati +0.436
5 Alvaro Bautista (Spain) Suzuki +0.614
6 Colin Edwards (US) Yamaha +0.669
7 Marco Melandri (Italy) Honda +0.714
8 Aleix Espargaro (Spain) Ducati +0.747
9 Ben Spies (US) Yamaha +0.753
10 Randy de Puniet (France) Honda +0.815
11 Marco Simoncelli (Italy) Honda +1.237
12 Loris Capirossi (Italy) Suzuki +0.993
13 Hector Barbera (Spain) Ducati +1.036
14 Hiroshi Aoyama (Japan) Honda +1.045
15 Nicky Hayden (US) Ducati +1.223
16 Mika Kallio (Finland) Ducati +1.299
1 Alex de Angelis (San Marino) Motobi 2min09.586
2 Scott Redding (Britain) Suter +0.188sec
3 Toni Elias (Spain) Moriwaki +0.249
4 Julian Simon (Spain) Suter +0.390
5 Andrea Iannone (Italy) Speed Up +0.397
6 Thomas Luthi (Switzerland) Moriwaki +0.447
7 Roberto Rolfo (Italy) Suter +0.604
8 Simone Corsi (Italy) Motobi +0.667
9 Dominique Aegerter (Switzerland) Suter +0.906
10 Hector Faubel (Spain) Suter +0.919
1 Marc Marquez (Spain) Derbi 2min14.274
2 Pol Espargaro (Spain) Derbi +0.375sec
3 Nicolas Terol (Spain) Aprilia +0.510sec
4 Esteve Rabat (Spain) Aprilia +1.043
5 Bradley Smith (Britain) Aprilia +1.205
6 Sandro Cortese (Germany) Derbi +1.229
7 Efren Vazquez (Spain) Derbi +1.294
8 Randy Krummenacher (Switzerland) Aprilia +1.679
9 Luis Salom (Spain) Aprilia +1.717
10 Jonas Folger (Germany) Aprilia +1.930
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The Western Province Motor Club will stage a round of the MSA South African Drag Racing Championship for Streetcars in the Cape for the first time.
Many of the quickest quarter-mile hotshots from north of the Hex River are going to have to drop from an altitude of more than 1000m before they line up on the local strip and it is going to be interesting to see how they make out at sea level.
In addition to those competing for national points, the organisers have signed the renowned Quinton Fourie, who will be here for demo runs with two of the most exciting, purpose-built vehicles from the Tarlton International Raceway
Other entries from faraway places include the redoubtable Team Cobra
Fourie's Escort XR3 and Rail have set times in the eight-second bracket. He is aiming to improve on these off the Highveld ledge. He may even arrive with a second Rail to ensure that his team leaves with the overall Fastest Time of the Day recognition.
Other entries from faraway places include the redoubtable Team Cobra, as well as several well- known national motorcycle competitors.
As far as the local challenge is concerned, Ralph Kumbier, who recently set a scorching mid-nine second time, is anxious to smoke the visitors. Then there's veteran Willie Nel who is out to break the magical 10-second barrier in his big Chev V8.
But with dynamite reputed to come in small parcels, former kart champion Luc Lucchesi could surprise them all in his hot Opel Corsa, rated one of the fastest of its kind in southern Africa
Street-to-Strip action will continue until 9.30pm
Others who will blast their way down the strip will include Herman Mostert in his Champ bakkie, Keith van der Poel, (Opel Manta), Nicolas Kuiler (Mazda) and Francois Roux (Datsun).
Street-to-Strip action is expected to get under way after all the MSA events have been completed and will continue until 9.30pm.
The static entertainment will be concentrated in the new pit area where a number of exotic vehicles will be on display.
A Soundoff competition will also be hosted there by BoyzToyz. Call Soundoff Paul at 076 948 9235 for more information.
The youngsters will not be neglected either and there will be various, less technical, items to keep them amused.
Entry will be through the South (motocross) Gate only, with proceedings expected to get under way at 8am. Admission: Adults R50, sub-teens free.
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Victory in the Western Cape escaped the newly crowned overall motorcycle winner and 2010 Open (OR1) Class champion, Jade Gutzeit, yet again.
He led the race from the start but picked up sparkplug problems on his new two-stroke Yamaha on the last of four loops and finished second, winning the 250cc (OR2) Class
A crash put Bradley van Aswegen out of the running
Louwrens Mahoney (Yamaha) rounded off the podium after a consistent ride.
A scant three seconds separated fourth-placed Christopher Webster (Yamaha) from Ruan Roberts (Yamaha), who won the 200cc (OR3) Class, with Juan 'Bollie' van Rooyen (Kawasaki), Jonathan Webster (Yamaha) hard on their heels.
The top ten was rounded off by Wade Blaauw (Yamaha) who also competed in OR2, Jonathan van Wyk (Honda) and Mark Garland (KTM).
Scott Scheepers (KTM) finished 11th overall, and third in the OR3 Class, but a crash put Bradley van Aswegen (Yamaha) out of the running and Scheepers confirmed the class championship for 2010. 12th overall and fourth in OR2 was enough for Riaan van Niekerk (KTM) to claim the class championship for 2010.
Charan Moore (Yamaha) won the 125cc Class (OR4) and was 17th overall
Errol Dalton took his fourth win of 2010 in the Senior Class
Errol Dalton (Yamaha) took his fourth win of 2010 in the Senior Class, confirming him as the 2010 class champion. Albert Hintenaus (KTM) finished second, Dalton's arch-rival, Wayne Farmer (Gas Gas) was third and Guy Henley (Kawasaki) fourth.
Master Class leader Henk Leenstra (KTM) confirmed his title with a victory, ahead of Jan Berning (KTM) and Enzo Chiocchi (KTM).
Baragwanath led from start to finish but second in the Koue Bokkeveld place was enough to secure the overall title and Pro 450 (Q1) Class championship for Dirkie Baard (Honda), who was followed home by his younger brother and team mate, Philipie.
The race took its toll on the quads and only nine riders finished. The Baards' team mate, Eric Williams, was fourth with Dale Stock (Suzuki) rounding off an unlucky season with fifth overall and in the Q1 Class.
Most of the riders were hampered by flat tyres caused by sharp rocks. This included the Baard brothers as well as Baragwanath's team-mate, André du Plessis (Suzuki) who was sixth after losing time with three flat tyres.
Local racer Stephan le Roux (Suzuki) finished seventh and was followed by Chris van der Westhuizen (Honda), the only Open (Q2) Class rider to finish.
David Hollis (Yamaha) spent two hours longer in the saddle than the winner and was the last rider home.
The first Senior Class competitor home on four wheels was Jacques de Bruyn (Suzuki), followed by Vic Seabra (Honda). Title contenders CJ Smith (Suzuki) and Colin Joubert (Suzuki) finished third and fourth respectively which gave Smith the 2010 class title.
Clive Crouse (Yamaha) won the Master Class but second for Jurie Meyer (Yamaha) was enough to clinch the 2010 class title. Peter Jack (Yamaha) was third.
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According to BMW SA, approximately 3700 customers will be affected and they will be contacted on an individual basis to take their vehicles to the nearest BMW dealer for repairs.
Affected vehicles may develop an oil leak in the brake vacuum booster, potentially causing a vacuum loss and consequent reduction of brake booster assistance.
BMW emphasised that mechanical braking would still be possible to slow down and stop the vehicle and that the fault in no way affected the mechanical braking system
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watch the FIM World Superbike Championship series. Genesio Bevilacqua is
team manager for the Althea Racing Team under which banner riders Carlos
Checa and Shane Byrne contest the series with their shiny Ducati 1098R race
machines. While he has been involved in the industry at many levels,
Bevilacqua has also had the opportunity to amass a large collection of
significant race bikes. His collection has been in Italy for some time, but
you could only see it if you could get to its Civita Castellana location.
Not anymore; "Moto dei Miti: Legendary Bikes" is now available to anyone
with a computer and an Internet connection.
Bevilacqua's collection consists of over 50 significant motorcycles from the
two-wheeled racing world - the list is much too long to print here. Included
in that cache is the Morbidelli 125 with which close personal friend Paolo
Pileri won the World Championship in 1975. He also possesses the Honda RS125
on which Loris Capirossi won his first World Championship under the guidance
of Pileri. Moving to more modern fare, Bevilacqua holds onto the Ducati
Desmosedici GP05 ridden by Capirossi and the GP07 that took Casey Stoner to
the MotoGP World Championship in 2007. His collection would make any museum
most proud indeed.
The new website comes with Bevilacqua's own explanation of the collection
(in both English and Italian) and introductions from industry luminaries
Claudio Porrozzi and Fabrizio Marcucci. The entire exhibit space may be
viewed by using the 360° clickable images available and choosing any of the
bikes will bring up the characteristics and history of each machine. "Moto
dei Miti: Legendary Bikes" is a true 'virtual museum' with brilliant
photography courtesy of Fabrizio Porrozzi. Simply aim your favorite browser
to the site and visit it for yourself: http://www.genesiobevilacqua.com/
be crowned the 2010 MotoGP champion. Lorenzo has a 69 point lead heading
into Malaysia, and with the high probability that his closest competitor
Dani Pedrosa will be sitting out of this weekend's race, the title is
Lorenzo's for the taking.
If Pedrosa does sit out this weekend, which is more than likely to happen,
Lorenzo will need just 7 points to clinch the 2010 MotoGP title. Pedrosa
fractured his collar bone during the Motegi event, and just had surgery a
few days ago.
"I am still very stiff in my neck and across the back of my shoulders, so
the target is to get back to racing in Australia," Pedrosa said. "There is a
very small possibility of going to Malaysia, but the realistic target is
Australia. I had another check-up today and it shows clearly that the plate
on my collarbone is very well fixed and the progress has been good after the
With Pedrosa out of the picture, Lorenzo could be on his way to his first
"All I am thinking about is Sunday and if I can win the title...it's been
one of the dreams of my life and it would be great to get it here in
Sepang," Lorenzo said. "The team and I will focus in the same way we have
all season, working hard from Friday and with the goal of podium or
It will be difficult for the MotoGP riders to stop Lorenzo from scoring 7
points this weekend, but they could keep the season leader off of the podium
for the third race in a row.
Casey Stoner has been at the top of his game lately, claiming the last two
race wins. Andrea Dovizioso will also be a contender for the top. Dovizioso
is 21 points behind Stoner in 4th, and is coming off of his best finish of
the year, with a second place finish in Motegi.
Valentino Rossi has also shown some life as of late. Rossi has not been
himself since his crash earlier this season, but last weekend he battled it
out with his teammate Jorge Lorenzo for the final spot on the podium, and
won. Rossi also has a great record in Malaysia, claiming 5 race victories in
MotoGP Overall Standings
1. Jorge Lorenzo (SPA) Fiat Yamaha Team 297
2. Dani Pedrosa (SPA) Repsol Honda Team 228
3. Casey Stoner (AUS) Ducati Marlboro Team 180
4. Andrea Dovizioso (ITA) Repsol Honda Team 159
5. Valentino Rossi (ITA) Fiat Yamaha Team 156
6. Ben Spies (USA) Monster Yamaha Tech 3 139
7. Nicky Hayden (USA) Ducati Marlboro Team 129
8. Randy de Puniet (FRA) LCR Honda MotoGP 88
9. Marco Simoncelli (ITA) San Carlo Honda Gresini 84
10. Colin Edwards (USA) Monster Yamaha Tech 3 81
Friday, October 8, 2010
October 5, 2010
The sixth round of the 2010 SA Motorcycle championship provided ultra-close racing and lap records at Killarney on Saturday, October 2, during the WesBank Super Series' second visit of the year to the Western Cape circuit.
In the process, both the Superbike and Supersport title chases were left wide open.
The Superbike brigade's qualifying session on Saturday morning saw local hero Lance Isaac plant his Honda on pole ahead of Greg Gildenhuys (BMW), Dane Hellyer (Honda) and Sheridan Morais (Aprilia).
Isaacs, Hellyer and Gildenhuys waged a three-sided war throughout the first race with the lead changing hands three times in the final two laps
Mark Edwards tagged the pit wall and crossed the finish line in a spectacular somersault
But, when it mattered, Gildenhuys crossed the finish line 0.2sec ahead of Isaacs with Hellyer in close proximity. Sheridan Morais finished fourth, leading home Nicholas Grobler (BMW) and Julian Odendaal (Suzuki).
The race ended in spectacular fashion when at more than 200km/h. Edwards escaped with a broken ankle and severe bruising but the bikes was reduced to scrap.
Race 2 started with Isaacs and Hellyer at the back of the grid after they failed to join the warmup lap on time.
However, they soon sliced through the field to join Gildenhuys at the front of the pack - although their job was made easier when Morais outbraked himself at the end of the pit straight, sliding the Aprilia to a stop in the runoff area.
Gildenhuys won again, ahead of Isaacs and Hellyer, with Isaacs recording the fastest lap of Killarney yet by a motorcycle at 1min12
Isaacs recorded the fastest lap of Killarney yet by a motorcycle
.695 on lap four. Grobler, Odendaal and a recovered Morais filled out the top six places.
The Supersport qualifying session was a frenzied affair, with the times of the top nine riders on the grid covered by a second. Ronan Quarmby (Yamaha) took pole, sharing the front row with Bjorn Estment (Yamaha), Robert Portman (Triumph) and local hotshot David 'McFlash' McFadden (Honda).
The first race saw a train of motorcycles fighting for the top places, broken up on lap seven when Portman's Triumph suddenly slowed in mid-pack with electronic maladies.
Quarmby went on to win from McFadden, Steven Odendaal (Suzuki), James Egan (Yamaha), Brent Harran (Honda) and Brad Binder (Suzuki).
Binder and Hayden Louw (Yamaha) crashed in unison halfway through the first lap of Race 2, while Portman pulled into the pits after the warmup lap.
That left Quarmby to take a second victory - and the championship lead - ahead of Odendaal, MacFadden, Estment, Egan and Dean Vos (Kawasaki).
'McFlash', however, lived up to his nickname by setting a 600cc Supersport lap record.
The next round of the 2010 Interfile South African Motorcycle Championship will take place at the East London Grand Prix circuit on Saturday, October 10.
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Physics major Tony Danger Coiro bought the 1978 Suzuki GS550 for $50 (about R350) and spent the equivalent of R17 500 retrofitting it into a street-legal, solar-powered bike
Coiro's solar bike has a range of about 40km on each charge
Two solar panels mounted on either side of the bike charge its lead-acid batteries but they can also be charged from a household socket.
Coiro's solar bike has a range of about 40km on each charge. He has received a provisional patent for his invention and he says he hopes to improve his design to create a 160km/h, sun-driven racing machine. - AP
October 5, 2010
Updates for Superbike, Monster and Streetfighter
With an impressive exhibition presence of approximately 400m2, stand D-040 in hall 8 of Cologne's INTERMOT 2010 show now plays host to exciting new arrivals in the Superbike family in addition to new colours and updates for both the Streetfighter and Monster range. With new models, accessories and apparel, the Italian motorcycle manufacturer from Bologna is showing a wide range of new 2011 products at this major international show.