Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra rider Max Biaggi ended the first day of qualifying at Vallelunga in Italy with the fourth fastest time, even though he was not really pushing hard.
He spent most of the day working on a good bike set-up so that he could get comfortable on the bike as team mate Yukio Kagayama was still feeling the effects of his crash in the last round at the Eurospeedway Lausitz where he broke a bone in his right hand. Despite the pain and discomfort, he managed to post the 14th quickest time of the day.
Aussie Troy Corser (Yamaha) set the fastest time in today's qualifying with a lap of 1:37.537 just ahead of his fellow countryman Troy Bayliss (Ducati) and Noriyuki Haga (Yamaha) third.
Aprilia anticipates the future and introduces the Aprilia 850 Mana, a taste of things to come, to the world.
With its exclusive and unmistakably Italian design, the Aprilia 850 Mana is unique among motorcycles. Its revolutionary Sportgear transmission is electronically controlled to deliver unrivaled riding pleasure. No ordinary motorcycle, the Aprilia 850 Mana is destined to change the riding habits of bikers all over the world.
Thanks to Aprilia, motorcyclists can now discover a whole new approach to riding. The Aprilia 850 Mana is a tast of things to come and packed with ultra-sophisticated, rider-friendly technology. Never has a motorcycle been so versatile, so proactive, or so fun to ride.
Motorcycling has taken a giant leap into the future with the Aprilia 850 Mana. Aprilia has always been ahead of its time, and often the first to develop technology other manufacturers have preferred to leave on the back burner.
But never before has Aprilia's forward thinking and talented R&D department dared to create such an innovative and revolutionary motorcycle. No ordinary motorcycle, the Aprilia 850 Mana is destined to change the riding habits of bikers all over the world.
Fun and function tickle each other's ribs in the shape of the all-new 50cc Yamaha Giggle, the first ever Yamaha four-stroke scooter of this engine size to feature in the market.
As well as cutting edge styling and a large of under-seat storage space, the Yamaha Giggle features a three-valve engine, a mini-EFI system and dual-stage catalysts, making it not just friendly, but also environmentally friendly.
When you are looking for something different, stop here. Because with Yamaha Giggle we have something for true individuals.
Yamaha unveiled it's exciting new range of 2008 Power Two Wheeler's and scooter range about 10 days ago.
This year Yamaha has something for everyone, whether you are track inspired, want to take your adventures off road or are looking for smart city commuting solutions.
We have picked out three of our hero products but for the full overview visit the 2008 Motorcycles and Scooters overview page, please see the link at the bottom of this feature, where you can see at a glance what has been launched this autumn.
Catch the extreme. Using Yamaha's racing heritage and passion for being first, the new YZF-R6 is bursting with refinements and technology taken from the track.
The Kawasaki Ninja 250R. Quick, Affordable, Fuel Efficient, Easy to Ride, Bangkok friendly and Great Looking, this bike offers authentic Ninja style and performance.
One look at the new Kawasaki Ninja 250R tells everyone that this bike is the genuine article. With a new full-fairing similar to the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R and the Kawasaki ZX10R supersport bikes, a single kicked-up muffler, UNI-TRAK rear suspension, high-performance petal disc brakes and a dual seat, this is the most stylish performer in its category.
Compact size, exceptional personality and a low price tag highlight Kawasaki's new 2008 Ninja 250R quarter-liter performer. Considering how much fun it is to ride and the fact that it's easy to handle in Bangkok traffic and still enough of a bike to ride rural up-country, it's no wonder the Ninja 250R has been a strong seller. Its successful blend of a rider-friendly engine, easy-to-operate chassis and superbike styling worthy of its Ninja moniker, this model was developed to offer real world performance to riders of all skill levels and goes to show that good things do come in small packages.
Steven Tyler (lead singer of Aerosmith), in collaboration with Mark Dirico and AC Custom Motorcycles, today launched Red Wing Motorcycle Company. Red Wing Motorcycles are the fusion of rock and roll artistry and superior engineering. Imbued with Tyler's sense of style, each motorcycle is as comfortable to ride as it is sexy.
Tyler's artistic vision drove the outrageous design of the custom motorcycles, each hand crafted and hand signed by the legendary rock star.
"You get on one of these bikes and you can ride for days," Tyler said. "These bikes are sick, rugged, and just damn cool. And they're amazing to look at."
These motorcycles were made to ride. With a 35% increase in horsepower to the rear wheel compared to a stock Harley Davidson, and every inch handcrafted and tailor engineered, they are as hot to drive as they are to look at.
This Sunday sees the penultimate round take place at Vallelunga, near Rome in Italy and, with only two rounds to go and 41 points separating Haga from first place, this race is key to Yamaha's fight for the championship.
The previous round at Lausitz could well prove to be a corner stone in Haga's title fight as he took a win and second place, cutting the gap between him and first place by 25 points. The impact of this result will only really be understood after this weekend's race.
Vallelunga is a new circuit on the WSB calendar but it won't be totally new to all the riders following a testing session there in July. Built in 1959, the track was originally a sand mile oval but it has been upgraded over the years and is now set to host its first WSB race.
Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra head to the 12th round of this year's championship at Vallelunga in Italy anticipating a good result for hometown hero Max Biaggi.
A huge turn out of fans is expected at the track, situated 15 minutes or so from the Italian capital of Rome. Although it will be a 'home race' for Biaggi, he has not raced there for over 10 years; he has tested at Vallelunga two times - once last November and in July this year - but knows that the weekend ahead will not be an easy one, as the other top teams have also tested there. His team mate Yukio also took part in the July tests, but the coming race weekend will be a hard one as he has not yet fully recovered from his recent knee and hand injuries.
Michael Laverty finally confirmed himself as the number one rider in the British Supersport Championship, taking the title for Relentless Suzuki with a penultimate round victory at Donington Park.
Ian Lowry played the perfect wingman's role for his senior team-mate and the 20-year-old Moira rider also hoisted himself back into second place in the championship with his efforts at the Derbyshire venue.
Laverty, who had set the pole position time in Saturday's combined qualifying sessions, only needed a fourth placed finish to secure the title, and in a race that was to run in two parts, the Toomebridge man kept his head while others failed to do so, taking the victory in a re-started eight-lap sprint on his Pirelli-shod GSX-R600.
Fiat Yamaha Team riders Valentino Rossi and Colin Edwards had no time to dwell on the disappointment of last weekends Japanese Grand Prix, getting back out on track today for another one-day test. With the championship now decided, Rossi and Edwards are both focused on ending the season on a high-note with three good races, and it was with this in mind that the riders put in some valuable tyre work today with Michelin.
Rossi also had the chance to try two new prototype chassis for the 2008 YZR-M1, although he continued to use the latest evolution engine, the same as he ran in weekend's race. Sharing the track with just five other riders, Edwards put in the second fastest time of 1'47.947 whilst Rossi was fourth fastest with a lap of 1'48.213. There is now a two-week break for the paddock before MotoGP heads to Phillip Island for the Australian Grand Prix.