A Weekend In Fontana……. And Assen Too.

Oh MAN!!! I’ve been slacking soooo bad that the boss had to send me an email to kick my a** in gear. Sorry guys and gals. I promise to pull my head outa my rear.

Here we go!!!!!

The racing I didn’t see at all this weekend was the WSBK in Assen, Netherlands. I usually watch this because of the huge presence of Ducati on the podium but for some reason, it wasn’t in the cards this weekend. It looked to be a good weekend for Ducati with the top 4 qualifying spots going to the Ducati 1098’s but only 1 would finish in the top 3 for both races. Fortunately for Ducati, Troy Bayliss won both races. Nice.

Race 1 results

1 Troy Bayliss Ducati Xerox Team Ducati 1098R
2 Carlos Checa Hannspree Ten Kate Honda Honda CBR1000RR
3 Max Neukirchner Team Alstare Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000 K8
4 Yukio Kagayama Team Suzuki Alstare Suzuki GSX-R1000 K8
5 Troy Corser Yamaha Motor Italia WSB Team Yamaha YZF R1
6 Jakub Smrz Guandalini Racing by Grifo’s Ducati 1098R
7 Ryuichi Kiyonari Hannspree Ten Kate Honda Honda CBR1000RR
8 Makoto Tamada Kawasaki PSG-1 Corse Kawasaki ZX 10R
9 Gregorio Lavilla Paul Bird Motorsport Honda CBR1000RR
10 Max Biaggi Sterilgarda Go Eleven Ducati 1098R

Race 2 results

1 Troy Bayliss Ducati Xerox Team Ducati 1098R
2 Noriyuki Haga Yamaha Motor Italia WSB Team Yamaha YZF R1
3 Carlos Checa Hannspree Ten Kate Honda Honda CBR1000RR
4 Ruben Xaus Sterilgarda Go Eleven Ducati 1098R
5 Max Neukirchner Team Alstare Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000 K8
6 Yukio Kagayama Team Suzuki Alstare Suzuki GSX-R1000 K8
7 Gregorio Lavilla Paul Bird Motorsport Honda CBR1000RR
8 Jakub Smrz Guandalini Racing by Grifo’s Ducati 1098R
9 Makoto Tamada Kawasaki PSG-1 Corse Kawasaki ZX 10R
10 Troy Corser Yamaha Motor Italia WSB Team Yamaha YZF R1

Now on to Fontana California and the California Speedway for the US Superbike wars. This was some good stuff. The years past have had Suzuki mounted Mat Mladin pretty much smoking the field on his GSXR but then this guy named Ben Spies shows up and jumps on the very same bike on the same team. Matt doesn’t have it so easy any more. This is good because Mladin can be kind of an arrogant a** wipe.

Race 1 on Saturday was kind of yawner for the spectator but relatively brutal for the rider as the winds were quite strong making it difficult to ride. Suzuki’s Ben Spies spanked his team mate Mat Mladin by almost 21 seconds and 34 seconds over the third place rider Tommy Hayden. Sunday was a different story. While it looked like it was going to be a run away victory for Mat Mladin and Spies solidly in 2nd, the interest turned down track a little ways for the battle for 3rd between Suzuki’s Tommy Hayden and Honda’s Neil Hodgson which was eventually taken by Hayden. Back up front, Mladin’s cruise turned in to a battle after Spies closed the 4 second gap and challenged Mladin and his trashed tires to finally draft past him in the last couple of feet of the race by .011 seconds. That’s less than half a wheel. It was a great finish.

Race 1 results

1 Ben Spies American Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000
2 Mathew Mladin American Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000
3 Tommy Hayden American Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000
4 Neil Hodgson American Honda Honda CBR1000RR
5 Eric Bostrom Yamaha Motor Corp Yamaha YZF-R1
6 Jamie Hacking Monster Kawasaki Kawasaki ZX-10R
7 Jason DiSalvo Yamaha Motor Corp Yamaha YZF-R1
8 Miguel DuHamel American Honda Honda CBR1000RR
9 Matt Lynn Corona Honda Honda CBR1000RR
10 Jake Holden Corona Honda Honda CBR1000RR

Race 2 results

1 Ben Spies American Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000
2 Mathew Mladin American Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000
3 Tommy Hayden American Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000
4 Neil Hodgson American Honda Honda CBR1000RR
5 Jason DiSalvo Yamaha Motor Corp Yamaha YZF-R1
6 Eric Bostrom Yamaha Motor Corp Yamaha YZF-R1
7 Jamie Hacking Monster Kawasaki Kawasaki ZX-10R
8 Scott Jensen   Suzuki GSX-R1000
9 Matt Lynn Corona Honda Honda CBR1000RR
10 Tim Knutson   Suzuki GSX-R1000

Finishing off the weekend in California, the only Ducati of note in AMA racing, finished 3rd in the FX series and the Supersport race was won by Yamaha mounted and Elvis wannabe, Ben Bostrom. During the 1st lap of the Supersport race, M4 Emgo Suzuki rider Martin Cardenas came into a turn way to hot and ended up taking out Suzuki factory rider Tommy Hayden, dislocating Tommy’s ankle which required surgery to repair. Cardenas was transported and later had surgery to repair a broken left femur. Video of the crash shows Cardenas trying to get the bike off the inside of the track to avoid hitting other riders. Officials are looking at a possible brake malfunction as the cause.

That’s it for this past weekends moto racing update. Keep the feet on the pegs race fans!!!!

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She’s Hot!!

And now she’s a WINNER!!!

Danica Patrick wins the Japan 300 in Motegi.

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This from ABC

“Boys, move over. The lady is coming through. Danica Patrick wins the Twin Motegi,” the announcer said as she crossed the finish line.

The 26-year-old Wisconsin native took the lead in the final two laps of the 200-lap race as her mother watched and cheered in the stands. Patrick finished 5.8594 seconds ahead of pole-sitter Helio Castroneves on the 1.5-mile Twin Ring Motegi oval, after other top contenders were forced to pit for fuel in their final laps.

Grabbing the checkered flag silenced Patrick’s critics, who remembered her as the most famous race car driver without a win.

Congrats on your first Indy Car win Danica.

Don’t Try This At Home…..

This is one of the best saves I’ve seen. Colin Edwards is down. When you see the footage from the outside, you’ll see the front wheel has lost all traction and is essentially off the ground. The bike is being held up by Edwards’ knee and elbow. 99.8% of riders in this situation would’ve been soil sampling.

Cross posted here.

Some People Are Born With It

After Ducati test rider, Vittoriano Guareschi, was injured in a crash, Ducati called on the man who won something like 9 million Formula 1 titles for Ferrari, Michael Schumacher, to finish the testing of it’s Desmosedici GP8 MotoGP bike.

This from the Soup:

SURPRISE APPEARANCE AT MUGELLO: MICHAEL SCHUMACHER GETS BACK ON THE DESMOSEDICI

Weather conditions: clouded. Air temperature 15°C

Italian test rider Vittoriano Guareschi was unfortunate enough to suffer a fall during day two of a three day test session for the Ducati Corse Development Team at the Mugello Circuit and, although it didn’t leave him seriously injured, a bad knock to his coccyx meant that he was unable to ride comfortably. This allowed the seven times F1 world champion Michael Schumacher to climb back on board the Desmosedici GP8.

The German rider who recorded surprisingly fast times during a test day in Valencia held after the last MotoGP race of 2007, did not hesitate for a second when presented with this last-minute opportunity to return to the track with the GP8.
Schumacher has also made his debut in a motorcycle competition, having taken part in one race in Misano last weekend.

The German champion completed 42 laps with a best lap time in 1’58.0.

“It was a nice surprise yesterday when I received the sudden offer to come to Mugello today”, Michael said. “And despite the difficult weather conditions it was again big fun to ride the Ducati. But I repeat it very clearly that I have no intention at all to step into any kind of Moto GP competitions.”

The man was just born to go fast. He really wouldn’t stand a chance against MotoGP guys but to be able to jump on the thing and ride the crap out of it as best as he can with good times is quite impressive.

WSBK Valencia Spain

More excuses… I didn’t watch any racing AGAIN this weekend. Why? You ask. I live in Wisconsin, it’s the beginning of April and it was 70° outside.

The racing continued for the boys and their bikes in Spain. Round 3 of the World Superbike Series went off without a hitch with Ducatis leading the way again with a win by Lorenzo Lanzi in the first race and second place finishes by Troy Bayliss in both races. Bayliss now leads the points by 48 with a total of 128 amassed in 3 races.

Here’s the top 10 for the first race.

1 Lorenzo Lanzi R.G.Team Ducati 1098R
2 Troy Bayliss Ducati Xerox Team Ducati 1098R
3 Troy Corser Yamaha Motor Italia WSB Team Yamaha YZF R1
4 Fonsi Nieto Team Suzuki Alstare Suzuki GSX-R1000 K8
5 Carlos Checa Hannspree Ten Kate Honda Honda CBR1000RR
6 Karl Muggeridge D.F Racing Honda CBR1000RR
7 Gregorio Lavilla Paul Bird Motorsport Honda CBR1000RR
8 Regis Laconi Kawasaki PSG-1 Corse Kawasaki ZX 10R
9 Makoto Tamada Kawasaki PSG-1 Corse Kawasaki ZX 10R
10 Roberto Rolfo Hannspree Honda Althea Honda CBR1000RR

The 2nd race

1 Noriyuki Haga Yamaha Motor Italia WSB Team Yamaha YZF R1
2 Troy Bayliss Ducati Xerox Team Ducati 1098R
3 Carlos Checa Hannspree Ten Kate Honda Honda CBR1000RR
4 Ryuichi Kiyonari Hannspree Ten Kate Honda Honda CBR1000RR
5 Troy Corser Yamaha Motor Italia WSB Team Yamaha YZF R1
6 Yukio Kagayama Team Suzuki Alstare Suzuki GSX-R1000 K8
7 Ruben Xaus Sterilgarda Go Eleven Ducati 1098R
8 Max Biaggi Sterilgarda Go Eleven Ducati 1098R
9 Regis Laconi Kawasaki PSG-1 Corse Kawasaki ZX 10R
10 Fonsi Nieto Team Suzuki Alstare Suzuki GSX-R1000 K8

Haga’s 1st place finish in the second race was nice to see. This guy has been around forever, has been hurt numerous times and fell short of the title a few years back in the final round of the season. Haga is a gracious racer and fun to watch. His post race interviews are a pleasure to watch. He knows that the biggest fan base are English speaking and does his best to better his English when interviewed. His lack of arrogance is quite refreshing. Way to go Nori.

Back To The Track

Okay, so I’ve been MIA for a while… Sorry. I’ve been having a whole lot of grief on my own site that I was only able to post 6 times last week but I do believe that’s all behind us now. So let’s get back to racing.

On the docket, IRL.

No usually I don’t pay any attention to this crap because it’s basically NASCRAP without fenders but since they have merged with the Champ Car series, I’ll give em a little ink, but just a little until they get to a road course.

Here’s the top ten from Saturday’s opening weekend at Homestead Florida. 4 of the 8 Champ Teams finished with 3 out due mechanicals and 1 to an incident.

1 Scott Dixon
Target Chip Ganassi Racing
9 D/H/F 1 213.341 200 3 67 Running 50
3 Dan Wheldon
Target Chip Ganassi Racing
10 D/H/F 22 0.000 200 3 9 Running 35
5 Ed Carpenter
Menards/ Vision Racing
20 D/H/F 24 0.000 199 0 0 Running 30
7 Ryan Hunter-Reay
Rahal Letterman Racing Team Ethanol
17 D/H/F 9 210.744 199 0 0 Running 26
9 A.J. Foyt IV
Vision Racing
2 D/H/F 25 0.000 198 0 0 Running 22

The best part about IRL Racing is still………

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Danica Patrick

On the motorcycle front, MotoGP was going strong in Jerez Spain with Honda’s Dani Pedrosa taking an early lead and pulling away to stomp on Italy’s favorite son, Valentino Rossi. Nick Hayden was the first American to cross the line in 4th. My guy, Casey Stoner on the Ducati, went soil sampling twice and finished a disappointing 11th. Bummer.

The results:

1 Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda Team Honda  
2 Valentino Rossi Fiat Yamaha Team Yamaha  
3 Jorge Lorenzo Fiat Yamaha Team Yamaha  
4 Nicky Hayden Repsol Honda Team Honda  
5 Loris Capirossi Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki  
6 James Toseland Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha  
7 John Hopkins Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki  
8 Andrea Dovizioso JiR Scot Team Honda  
9 Shinya Nakano San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda  
10 Chris Vermeulen Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki  
11 Casey Stoner Ducati Marlboro Team Ducati  
12 Marco Melandri Ducati Marlboro Team Ducati  
13 Anthony West Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki  
14 Alex De Angelis San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda  
15 Toni Elias Alice Team Ducati  
16 Sylvain Guintoli Alice Team Ducati

I don’t normally watch the 250cc class because I just don’t have that kind of time (the wife won’t let me) but I managed to see the final laps of yesterday’s race in Jerez which saw the 2 riders fighting for the lead crash out on the last lap handing the lead and the win to the guy who was to finish third. It was quite the exciting finish.

Until next week…….

UPDATE: The results table for the IRL isn’t looking so hot….Danica finished 6th.

A Weekend Of Great Racing

We’ll start this off with the American Le Mans Series 12 Hours of Sebring. This race is held on an old airport tarmac in Sebring Florida and includes 4 classes of cars that compete for class victories and the overall victory.

Here’s a brief breakdown of the classes. Readers Digest version

LMP1 (Prototype 1)

A purpose-built race machine weighing no less than 2040 pounds with approximately 600 to 700 HP capable of accelerating from 0-100 in 3 seconds and speeds in excess of 200mph.

LMP2 (Prototype 2)

A purpose built race machine weighing no less than 1708 pounds producing 500 to 550 HP with speeds of 180 to 200 MPH.

GT1

A production based 2 wheel drive car that resembles something you could buy at the dealer but can’t, that weighs no less than 2480 pounds and produce 600 to 650 HP and is capable of speeds of 180 to 195 MPH.

GT2

A Production base car that you can buy at the dealer if you have a butt load of money. These cars are allowed limited modifications and produce 450 to 500 HP with speeds of up to 180 MPH. The minimum wight for this class is 2480 pounds.

The above classifications are explained, basically, from fastest to slowest. Remember this….

The race was held on Saturday and was just a pleasure to watch. My dad sat and watched pretty much the whole race on his 46 inch piece of technology and was a REAL happy camper. Generally the outcome of an endurance race of this length is quite boring to watch because the top teams usually blow everybody away by as many as 10 to 20 laps. This was no the case on Saturday were 2 laps separated position 1 through position 6. Here are the results:

Pos Class Pos Car No Class Team Best Time Speed In Lap Diff Laps Make
1 1 7 LMP2 PENSKE RACING
Timo Bernhard/Romain Dumas
1:47.460 123.953 46 0.000 351 Porsche RS Spyder
3 3 20 LMP2 DYSON RACING
Marino Franchitti/Butch Leitzinger/Andy Lally
1:47.813 123.547 228 1:02.084 351 Porsche RS Spyder
5 4 16 LMP2 DYSON RACING
Chris Dyson/Guy Smith
1:47.860 123.493 229 1 Laps 350 Porsche RS Spyder
7 2 2 LMP1 AUDI SPORT NORTH AMERICA
Lucas Luhr/Mike Rockenfeller/Marco Werner
1:45.918 125.758 254 18 Laps 333 Audi R10 TDI
9 1 3 LMGT1 CORVETTE RACING
Johnny O’Connell/Jan Magnussen/Ron Fellows
1:57.839 113.036 4 23 Laps 328 Corvette C6.R
11 2 4 LMGT1 CORVETTE RACING
Olivier Beretta/Oliver Gavin/Max Papis
1:57.087 113.762 182 31 Laps 320 Corvette C6.R
13 1 45 LMGT2 FLYING LIZARD MOTORSPORTS
Jörg Bergmeister/Wolf Henzler/Marc Lieb
2:03.193 108.123 49 37 Laps 314 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR
15 3 61 LMGT2 RISI COMPETIZIONE
Tracy Krohn/Nic Jonsson/Eric van de Poele
2:04.074 107.355 217 43 Laps 308 Ferrari F430 G

33 cars started the race but I only displayed through 15th to account for all classes.

NOW….

Notice which class took the OVERALL victory. It’s an LMP2 car and it’s a Porsche…. Sweet. I’m all about German cars and the Porsche’s have always been my favorite. Not to be over looked is the GT1 1st in class finish of the Corvette, another personal favorite.

This series is shown regularly on Speed Vision and is most excellent to watch.

 

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Now for Formula 1…..

The cars:

An Indyish looking car with a 2.4 liter V8 engine that revs at over 19,000 RPM and puts out an astounding 800 HP. Go here for complete details of these cars….Phenominal..

I didn’t get to watch much of this due to kids but I do know that out of the 6 cars that started this race with the once dominant Ferrari engines, ONE of them finished and it wasn’t a factory Ferrari…

The results of this years first F1 race at Phillip Island Australia:

 

Pos No Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Pts
1 22 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 58 1:34:50.616 1 10
2 3 Nick Heidfeld BMW 58 +5.4 secs 5 8
3 7 Nico Rosberg Williams-Toyota 58 +8.1 secs 7 6
4 5 Fernando Alonso Renault 58 +17.1 secs 11 5
5 23 Heikki Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes 58 +18.0 secs 3 4
6 8 Kazuki Nakajima Williams-Toyota 57 +1 Lap 13 3
7 14 Sebastien Bourdais STR-Ferrari 55 +3 Laps 17 2
8 1 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 53 Engine 15 1
Ret 4 Robert Kubica BMW 47 Accident 2
Ret 12 Timo Glock Toyota 43 Accident 18
Ret 18 Takuma Sato Super Aguri-Honda 32 Transmission 19
Ret 6 Nelsinho Piquet Renault 30 Accident damage 20
Ret 2 Felipe Massa Ferrari 29 Engine 4
Ret 9 David Coulthard Red Bull-Renault 25 Accident 8
Ret 11 Jarno Trulli Toyota 19 Electrical 6
Ret 20 Adrian Sutil Force India-Ferrari 8 Hydraulics 22
Ret 10 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 0 Accident 14
Ret 16 Jenson Button Honda 0 Accident 12
Ret 19 Anthony Davidson Super Aguri-Honda 0 Accident 21
Ret 15 Sebastian Vettel STR-Ferrari 0 Accident 9
Ret 21 Giancarlo Fisichella Force India-Ferrari 0 Accident 16
DSQ 17 Rubens Barrichello Honda 58 +52.4 secs 10

Until next time….. E…..out.