Team Suzuki Press Release
The 12th round of 15 in the 2009 FIM MX1 World Championship and the first of four races left in the final six weeks of the current campaign will take place this weekend through the relentless and draining sand of Lommel in Belgium.
The Grand Prix of Limburg will be a home event for Teka Suzuki World MX1 that is based a stone's throw away from the flat and accessible course, deep in the centre of the country.
The factory crew, with their works RM-Z450s, will be back to full strength for the first time since the fourth event of the season with Steve Ramon set to rejoin Ken De Dycker after recovering from a fractured neck and negotiating two races in Belgium and Germany in the last two weeks.
De Dycker is presently sixth in the World Championship standings with a 25-point deficit to the top three. Ramon is 15th and looking to rescue some silverware before the culmination of his fourth year with team. The RM-Z450 has appeared on the podium six times in 2009 with De Dycker earning five of the trophies so far. Both Belgians will naturally count on strong support this weekend as Lommel - the circuit and town that acts as a central and unofficial training 'headquarters' for many of the top European riders in the World Championship - prepares to host its second GP after its international inauguration as a modern venue in 2008.
Supercross Champion James Stewart confirms that he will be competing in X Games 15 in Best Whip, Super X and Supermoto racing. "I'm pumped to have a chance to attend and compete," says Stewart. "I have always wanted to do the X Games, but this is the first time that it has actually worked out contract and schedule wise."
In fact just hours before showtime, Stewart and his team are hard at work in California dialing in his hybrid roadracer/dirtbike Yamaha YZ450F Supermoto race machine. "Obviously I'm at home on a supercross track, but I've never raced Supermoto before so this is all new to me. I can't wait though; it'll be a blast!" As for Best Whip, "That's in the bag," he laughs.
Screamin' Eagle/Vance & Hines rider Andrew Hines defeated his teammate, Screamin' Eagle/Vance & Hines rider Eddie Krawiec, to win the final round of Pro Stock Motorcycle eliminations at the Fram Autolite NHRA Nationals at Infineon Speedway in Sonoma, Calif., Sunday.
It was the third consecutive all-Harley V-Rod final round of the 2009 NHRA season, the second win of the season for Hines and the 17th of his career. Krawiec, the defending NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle champion, made his seventh-consecutive final-round appearance at Sonoma, and now leads the Pro Stock Motorcycle standings by 70 points.
Dainese Press Release
Vicenza – Years of dedicated airbag research and development brought an important result to Donington this weekend, where Dainese racers used the D-air Racing system in heavyweight class competition.
After the general fitting tests were completed, Valentino Rossi also decided to wear the suit with a D-air during Saturday’s race in Donington Park. The champ from Tavullia has been following the development of the project closely for some time now, and in the last year has worked constantly with the D-Tec (Dainese Technology Center) technicians to acquire the data required for its perfection.
Yoshimura Suzuki took another great victory at this weekend's Suzuka 8 hour race in Japan.
The Suzuki Yoshimura team of Daisaku Sakai, Kasuki Tokudome and Nobuatsu Aoki took victory with a one-lap gap over the Kawasaki Trick Star Racing of Hiloyasu Izutsu, Shinya Takeishi and Ryuji Tsuruta and the Honda Dream RT Sakurai ridden by Takumi Takahashi and Chojun Kameya, who ended in third place.
The Suzuki Plot Faro Panthera of Osamu Deguchi and Koji Teramoto finished in fifth place, after competing in the top three for much of the race.
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