LANZI’S PODIUM IN RACE 1 SAVES THE DAY FOR DUCATI

Losail (Qatar), Saturday 24 February: It was a difficult start to the year for the Ducati Xerox Team at the Losail circuit in Qatar. In the opening round of the 2007 World Superbike Championship, Troy Bayliss and Lorenzo Lanzi could only manage one podium between them in the two races as Max Biaggi (Suzuki), making his Superbike debut, and James Toseland (Honda) took the first two wins of the … [Read more...]

CORSER GIVES YAMAHA THEIR DEBUT PODIUM

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Troy Corser gave his Yamaha Motor Italy WSB Team something to cheer with a hard fought podium finish in the second race at today’s opening round of the 2007 Superbike World Championship in Qatar.   With team-mate Noriyuki Haga digging deep to finish fourth, it was a promising start for the 2007-model YZF-R1, which was making its world championship debut at the Losail circuit. Having … [Read more...]

NIETO GOES TOP FIVE IN RACE TWO AT QATAR

Doha/Losail, Quatar, 25 February 2007 - Fonsi Nieto (PSG-1 Kawasaki Corse Ninja ZX-10R) battled impressively at Losail to score a top five finish in race two, while Regis Laconi (PSG-1 Kawasaki Corse Ninja ZX-10R) scored points for 11th. Nieto was part of the a breakaway five-rider leading group in the early laps, and despite great pressure from behind towards the end he held onto fifth place, … [Read more...]

KAWASAKI SUPERBIKE RIDERS READY TO RACE

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The start of the 2007 World Superbike racing season cannot come along fast enough for PSG-1 Kawasaki Corse riders Fonsi Nieto and Regis Laconi. After an intensive winter testing programme, which has taken the team from Valencia to Doha, Phillip Island and back to Valencia again, each rider is more than ready to swap testing for real racing. Each will get his chance on Saturday 24th February, at … [Read more...]

STEAM PACKET HAVE ADDITIONAL SAILINGS FOR SCOTTISH TT FANS

A direct fastcraft service from Troon to Douglas is the latest initiative announced by the Steam Packet to bring fans to enjoy the Centenary TT in June. A special charter of P & O Express, on Saturday 2 June at 2100 hours will bring passengers and vehicles direct from Troon in Ayrshire to the Isle of Man in approximately 4 hours. Troon is one of the ports that P & O use for their own … [Read more...]

FINAL DAY AT QATAR FOR ILMOR MOTOGP

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Qatar Test - Day Three Losail, Qatar 15.02.07: Ilmor GP end the Middle East test on a positive note after making some further changes to the bikes set-up today. Jeremy McWilliams was back out on track following an enforced rest day yesterday after sustaining an injury to a muscle in his left leg on Tuesday. Both McWilliams and Pitt started the day strongly as the team continue to adjust the bikes … [Read more...]

YAMAHA HEAD BACK TO EUROPE

The final day of MotoGP testing in Qatar today saw the times tumble yet again, as several riders opted to try qualifying tyres and three of them, Yamaha rider Valentino Rossi included, dipped under the 1’55 mark. As usual on the final day of a test, both Rossi and team-mate Colin Edwards tried their 800cc Yamaha’s on a long-run, enabling them to gather crucial information about tyre … [Read more...]

YAMAHA FACTORY RACING OUT IN FRONT IN QATAR

Yamaha Factory Racing commenced the latest stage of their pre-season testing schedule today, joining the rest of their MotoGP counterparts on track at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar. This third test of the season is arguably the most important so far, as Losail will play host to the first race of the season in just over three week’s time. After two successive tests in Malaysia, the … [Read more...]

ILMOR MOTOGP MAKE PROGRESS

As Jeremy McWilliams made his return to the race track today in Qatar, Ilmor GP enjoyed a good day at the Middle East circuit clocking up a total of 68 laps (Pitt 50, McWilliams 18) of the 5.38km track. McWilliams resumed testing duties on the Ilmor GP with Australian team mate Andrew Pitt, for both the main focus of the test is to increase the steady progress being made on the bikes overall … [Read more...]

ANOTHER GOOD START FOR THE DESMOSEDICI IN QATAR

The Ducati Marlboro Team today started the last of the non-European preseason test sessions with the first of three days at the Losail circuit in Qatar. This test holds extra significance given that the same circuit will play host to the opening round of the 2007 MotoGP World Championship on March 10th, with similarly fresh spring conditions expected. Another interesting factor is that all of the … [Read more...]