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.
Suzuki Motorcycle India, a subsidiary of Japanese motorcycle giant Suzuki Motor Corporation, proposes to invest to expand capacity and strengthen its dealership network in India, a senior company official on Monday said. India is one of Asia's biggest motorcycle markets, just coming second after China.
"We plan to double our manufacturing capacity from the present, double our dealership network from 145 in the next two-year period," Suzuki Motorcycle India Managing Director Satya Sheel told reporters after unveiling the Suzuki Access 125 model here.
Presently, Suzuki Motor Corporation (Japan) holds 74 per cent equity stake, while its Indian partner has 26 per cent share. Earlier, Suzuki Motorcycle India had invested largely in the last two years, Sheel said, adding the company has no plans to tap the capital market in the near future.
American Motocross legend Ricky Carmichael ended his career on a high note by taking his Makita Suzuki RM-Z450 to yet another victory and his third team success in the Motocross of Nations.
The 27 year old raced to third and first positions in two hot and fast appearances at a sell-out Budds Creek circuit to assist the United States to their 18th victory in the historic competition that has been running since 1947.
The AMA record-breaker in both Supercross and Motocross disciplines appeared in front of passionate fans numbering 74,000 in his last competitive motocross event. Carmichael was honoured with a lifetime career award prior to race day and demonstrated his phenomenal talent and speed by coming back from the rear of the pack to take third position in the first moto despite a crash on the second corner.
Last week end Husqvarna conquered four titles in the European Enduro Championship that finished in Poland on Sunday 23rd. Authors of the victories were Husqvarna Mucci Racing Team's riders and the English rider Simon Wakely supported by UK Husqvarna importer Husky Sport.
The Husqvarna Mucci Racing Team got the team's class, the E1 Junior class podium with Mickael Szuster on the TE 250 and the E1 senior class with Daryl Bolter on WR 125. Szuster also got the second final position in the overall classification of the Championship.
Husqvarna won also the E2/3 Junior class with the youngster Simon Wakely of MPR Racing Husqvarna Team.
The awesome results of the week end were completed by the excellent performances of the Italian Gerini, Pogna e Manzi.
Team Yamaha Ricci's Nicolas Aubin ended an impressive breakthrough season in which he won his first Grand Prix, finished a career-best sixth in the MX2 World Championship and by assisting France to second place in front of a huge 74,000 crowd packed into the impressive Budds Creek circuit, Maryland USA for the 61st Motocross of Nations.
On a typically American track that was quick, technical, lined with jumps and blessed with hot sunshine. The temperatures in the mid 30's gave the racing an extra physical edge and tested the best riders (three per Nation with one representative each in MX1, MX2 and MX Open classes) from around the globe with twenty countries entering the gate for the three 30 minute and 2 lap motos mixing the categories. The scoring system worked in reverse compared to a Grand Prix with the first classified participant taking one point, second position two points and then continuing down the order to last place. The Nation will the lowest score from five accumulated results (the worst finish can be discarded) earned overall victory. On this occasion it was the USA for the third year in a row.
If not as instantly recognizable as most famous sport stars, Australia's Casey Stoner was every bit the child genius as those champions were from the moment he could walk.
Stoner competed in his first motorbike race at just four years old. On Sunday, the 21-year-old sensationally wrapped up the MotoGP world title with three races of the season left. He became Australians first world champion since Mick Doohan won the last of his five 500cc crowns in 1998 and also the second youngest premier-class champion in the sport's history.
Stoner's sixth-place finish at the Japanese Grand Prix completed an meteoric rise to stardom for the baby-faced rider. Even at 18 months old, when most infants are tottering on their feet, Stoner was getting blisters from riding a motorbike on the family farm at Niangala in New South Wales.
Honda Motor Co., Ltd. announced the line-up of motorcycles that will be premiered at the 40th Tokyo Motor Show 2007 (organized by Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association), to be held at Makuhari Messe in Chiba, Japan from Saturday, October 27 to Sunday, November 11, 2007. Honda's motorcycle exhibition will feature World Premiere concept models (prototype), pre-launch models, and a comprehensive line-up of other motorcycles and advanced environmental and safety technologies. Exhibition Models for the first time on display at the Tokyo Motor Show are the Honda EVO6, CB1100F and CB1100R.
The next generation of MotoGP machine is here in the shape of the Honda RC212V racing prototype. Built to conform to the new-for-2007 Grand Prix rules, the bike features an 800cc, V4 engine and a stunning all-new chassis built with mass centralization and ultimate handling in mind. Welcome to the future...
As expected, the strong home team emerged winners of the Red Bull FIM Motocross of Nations competition at Budds Creek, Maryland, on Sunday after the competition returned to the USA for the first time in two decades.
USA has won the competition more often in its 61 years of history than any other country and was also the defending champion. France was second in the three race event that matched the world's best riders across disciplines and Belgium took the minor podium place, with contributions from Jeremy van Horebeek on board a KTM machine.
KTM Red Bull Motocross factory riders were on the track for their individual countries in this competition that awards nations the prizes and not individual riders.
Rizla Suzuki's Chris 'Stalker' Walker put on a determined display of riding in today's 12th round of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship at Donington Park, finishing with superb fourth and sixth places results.
Stalker, starting from second on the grid, got the holeshot and led both races from the off. In the first event he struggled with front grip and dropped back to sixth; in the second race he spent 20-laps competing for the podium and was in contention right until the chequered flag, eventually finishing fourth.
Cal Crutchlow showed enormous promise during the practice sessions but his luck ran out in the races: In the opener he was less than a second from the lead and battling for his first podium when he found a false neutral and ran into Ryuichi Kiyonari with both falling off. In the second race he was comfortable in fifth when he was forced to retire.
Ducati's Leon Haslam won both races.