2009 WSBK Phillip Island FP1 Results - Spies Off To A Flying Start

Pos.No.RiderCountryBikeTimeDiff.
119B. SpiesUSAYamaha YZF R11'32.752 
276M. NeukirchnerGERSuzuki GSX-R 1000 K91'32.8130.061
391L. HaslamGBRHonda CBR1000RR1'33.0150.263
471Y. KagayamaJPNSuzuki GSX-R 1000 K91'33.0770.325
555R. LaconiFRADucati 1098 RS 091'33.1400.388
641N. HagaJPNDucati 1098R1'33.2390.487
756S. NakanoJPNAprilia RSV41'33.2800.528
884M. FabrizioITADucati 1098R1'33.3710.619
944R. RolfoITAHonda CBR1000RR1'33.4330.681
1023B. ParkesAUSKawasaki ZX 10R1'33.4960.744
119R. KiyonariJPNHonda CBR1000RR1'33.5080.756
1265J. ReaGBRHonda CBR1000RR1'33.6950.943
1366T. SykesGBRYamaha YZF R11'33.7470.995
14100M. TamadaJPNKawasaki ZX 10R1'33.8351.083
1533T. HillGBRHonda CBR1000RR1'33.8451.093
1696J. SmrzCZEDucati 1098R1'33.9011.149
173M. BiaggiITAAprilia RSV41'33.9091.157
1867S. ByrneGBRDucati 1098R1'33.9911.239
197C. ChecaESPHonda CBR1000RR1'34.0121.260
2011T. CorserAUSBMW S1000 RR1'34.2011.449
21111R. XausESPBMW S1000 RR1'34.7802.028
2225D. SalomESPKawasaki ZX 10R1'35.8513.099
2324B. RobertsAUSDucati 1098R1'36.2223.470
2499L. ScassaITAKawasaki ZX 10R1'36.7624.010
2531K. MuggeridgeAUSSuzuki GSX-R 1000 K91'36.8534.101
2677V. IannuzzoITAHonda CBR1000RR1'37.7164.964
2715M. BaioccoITAKawasaki ZX 10R1'37.8665.114
2886A. BadoviniITAKawasaki ZX 10R1'38.6765.924

 

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2009 World Supersport Phillip Island FP1 - Sofuoglu Leads First Racing Session Of 2009

154K. SofuogluTURHonda CBR600RR1'35.482
235C. CrutchlowGBRYamaha YZF R61'35.652
38M. AitchisonAUSHonda CBR600RR1'35.758
424G. McCoyAUSTriumph Daytona 6751'35.804
51A. PittAUSHonda CBR600RR1'35.867
699F. ForetFRAYamaha YZF R61'35.893
726J. LascorzESPKawasaki ZX-6R1'35.965
813A. WestAUSHonda CBR600RR1'36.056
914M. LagriveFRAHonda CBR600RR1'36.061
1077B. VenemanNEDSuzuki GSX-R6001'36.182
1150E. LavertyIRLHonda CBR600RR1'36.547
1296M. SmrzCZETriumph Daytona 6751'36.650
1321K. FujiwaraJPNKawasaki ZX-6R1'36.722
14127R. HarmsDENHonda CBR600RR1'36.735
1569G. NannelliITATriumph Daytona 6751'36.827
16117M. PraiaPORHonda CBR600RR1'36.936
1751M. PirroITAYamaha YZF R61'36.955
1855M. RoccoliITAHonda CBR600RR1'36.957
1919P. SzkopekPOLTriumph Daytona 6751'37.071
20105G. VizzielloITAHonda CBR600RR1'37.225
215T. PraditaINAYamaha YZF R61'37.853
2230J. GuntherGERHonda CBR600RR1'37.989
237P. VostarekCZEHonda CBR600RR1'38.470
249D. Dell'OmoITAHonda CBR600RR1'38.508
2583R. HollandAUSHonda CBR600RR1'38.957
2632F. LaiITAHonda CBR600RR1'39.664
2728A. VosNEDHonda CBR600RR1'40.712
2871J. MorillasESPYamaha YZF R61'40.771
2978S. GeronimiAUSSuzuki GSX-R6001'41.257
3088Y. GuerraESPYamaha YZF R61'42.086

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2009 World Superbike Season Preview

After MotoGP went four stroke, there was never any doubt about which was the premier class of motorcycle racing. Coinciding with the flight of the Japanese manufacturers from World Superbikes, the combination of Valentino Rossi's charisma and roaring, smoking, sliding 990cc bikes solidified the series' position as the pinnacle of two-wheeled racing which would brook no competition. But as the Japanese manufacturers started to slowly creep back into World Superbikes, and MotoGP switched to an 800cc capacity, the balance of power has started to shift. 

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Gerrit Ten Kate: "Spies Will Be Strong This Year"

On a visit to Holland's biggest motorcycle exhibition, the Motorbeurs Utrecht, MotoGPMatters.com ran into Gerrit ten Kate, part-owner of the multiple championship winning World Superbike and World Supersport team. Seizing the opportunity with both hands, we grabbed a few quick words from the Dutchmen on the upcoming World Superbike series, set to kick off on Sunday at Phillip Island, Australia.

MGPM: Who's going to be your number one rider this year?

Gerrit ten Kate: All of them! They'll all be on equal equipment, so it's whoever finishes first. But I expect good things of all of them. Carlos (Checa) is obviously a title candidate, but they're all capable of winning. Carlos will win a couple of races, Johnny (Rea) will win a couple, (Ryuichi) Kiyonari will win a couple.

Apart from Checa, who else look like title candidates. Haga of course...

Of course, Haga. But Spies is looking very strong too. Fabrizio is difficult to tell. He's very much up one week, down the next. But he's still young. Things can suddenly click, and then he'll be something to worry about.

About Moto2, you've expressed an interest in it, how's that going?

We're in discussions about that, but I can't tell you anything more. It's too early to say anything on the record.

It'll be based on a Honda, though?

Of course. Anything we do will be with a Honda.

And you're not worried about the Flamminis  (who hold a contract for racing with production-based motorcycles)?

Not at all. We work with them in a lot of areas, and we're active in a lot of series, so it won't be a problem.

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Dornasaki Is Go! Melandri To Compete In 2009

 As reported yesterday, Marco Melandri will be on the grid at Qatar for the start of the 2009 season. Melandri will be riding a Kawasaki, with support provided by the Akashi factory. The company issued a statement earlier today, stating that the agreement to provide support for the team had come because of "the necessity to come to constructive solutions for all related parties."

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Yamaha's Masao Furusawa "Engine Life Rules Will Increase Costs."

In times of crisis, drastic measures are necessary. That has been the thought behind many of the cost-cutting measures put forward to help MotoGP tackle the global financial crisis which has threatened to engulf the series since late last year. Yet the sense of urgency engendered by the seriousness of the situation can lead to hasty decisions, and cause those gathered round the table to jump to conclusions which, upon closer examination, turn out to have the opposite effects to what was intended.

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Melandri To Make Decision At Qatar Tests

Episode 673 in the Kawasaki saga, as Marco Melandri used his Facebook profile once again to announce his intentions to the world. According to the Italian press, Melandri wrote "for the moment, we will test the bike at Losail, we will see whether it's going to be worth racing the bike after the test: if the bike's a disaster, we will all go home."

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Yamaha To Build Moto2 Bike?

Fascinating news from Italy. According to a post on the Oberdan Bezzi's blog, Yamaha are building a Moto2 bike, ready to compete when the series replaces the 250 class, either in 2010 or 2011. Bezzi, an Italian motorcycle designer, has a stunning mockup of what the bike would look like, named, appropriately enough, the YZR 600 M2.

According to Bezzi, Yamaha has decided that the new Moto2 class could offer a good return on investment, as a way of providing production racing motorcycles to buying customers at an affordable price. In line with this thought, the bikes would be sold in Yamaha's traditional red and white production livery, much as the old TZ bikes were back in the 1980s. The bikes would be offered for sale, and not provided on a lease basis, as the bikes in MotoGP are.

Should the story be true, and Yamaha be genuinely interested in producing equipment for the Moto2 class, it would mark a turning point for the series. So far, the entries have been almost entirely from chassis specialists such as Moriwaki, Suter and BQR, building prototype chassis around production engines - mostly Honda's popular CBR600RR powerplant. But a manufacturer producing bikes would change the game significantly. What's more, Yamaha producing limited run racing motorcycles for sale would not violate the terms of the contract which the Flammini brothers have with the FIM for production-based motorcycle racing. Although the powerplant would undoubtedly be similar to Yamaha's R6 engine, changes would have to be made for it to comply with the current set of rules. The R6 is already close to the rev limit enforced under the Moto2 regulations, and the engine would likely be modified for torque, rather than power.

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The Next Victim: Talmacsi Loses Sponsors

More troubled times for the combination of Hungary and MotoGP. This time, the financial crisis is hitting Gabor Talmacsi, former 125 Wold Champion, and about to make his debut in the 250 class, with support from the Aspar team. In an interview, Talmacsi's manager, Stefano Tavaro to Hungarian radio station Inforadio that one after another of Talmacsi's smaller sponsors were pulling out, leaving the Hungarian team with a growing hole in the budget. The team has been trying to fill this hole by cutting back on travel costs, according to Tavaro.

But not everyone had abandoned Talmacsi: The Hungarian oil company MOL is standing firm behind the former champion, and will continue to sponsor the team. Meanwhile, Talmacsi's extended network is hard at work trying to drum up new sponsorship, and given his status in his home country, fresh money may yet come in to replace the sponsors which have left. But this will not be easy in Hungary: business has been hit hard by a double whammy of a declining economy and falling currency. Hungarian companies and individuals were holding a lot of loans in either Euros or Swiss Francs, taking advantage of the drastically lower interest rates. But since August last year, the value of the Hungarian Forint has fallen against the Euro by around 30%, vastly increasing debt levels, and pushing a lot of businesses into financial problems.

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