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Rossi's best pass of the season might have been on 4 wheels....
Checa's shoulder injury forces him to forfeit the Monza weekend Monza (Italy), Saturday 11 May 2013: Carlos Checa and Team SBK Ducati Alstare have decided that the Spanish rider will not take part in today's sessions or tomorrow’s races at the ‘Autodromo di Monza’. During the last week Carlos Checa has been receiving treatment for an osseous edema to the humerus of the left shoulder. This physical problem conditioned yesterday’s sessions, with Checa reporting pain in his shoulder. Overnight the inflammation worsened and early this morning, after consultation with both the doctors of the Clinica Mobile and Ducati Alstare’s management, it was decided that Carlos should not ride and should instead continue to recuperate in order to be back in shape in 2-3 weeks time. Checa will therefore not participate in the rest of the practice sessions or tomorrow’s races and will concentrate on preparing for the next round, to take place in two weeks at Donington Park (UK).
Valentino Rossi ended his more than two year victory drought with a win on his home soil.
That it didn't come in a MotoGP race was of little consequence to the nine-time world champion. Having endured two years of misery on the Ducati Marlboro team, Rossi was happy to not only be competitive, but competitive enough to win.
Driving a Monster Energy-backed Ford Fiesta WRC, Rossi won the Monza Rally Show for the third time, beating not only Yamaha's recently crowned MotoGP World Champion Jorge Lorenzo-he was 10th in his rally debut-but also multi-time Le Mans 24 Hour winner Dindo Capello, who Rossi battled over the course of the three-day event.
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World Superbike is a series with many fathers but an undisputed hometown.
WSBK recently celebrated its silver anniversary at Monza with racing celebs like Carl Fogarty, Aaron Slight, Doug Polen and Troy Bayliss on hand to help celebrate 25 seasons of life and continued success.
No one needs an excuse to go to Monza, and the event was well-attended even though the racing was mired in wet weather and tire drama.
Make no mistake, though, the real birthplace for WSBK is Donington Park, scene of this weekend's WSBK round. The 1988 season is slowly drifting into obscure territory, all of the riders in the championship then are retired now, their bikes are museum pieces. The fact that Fred Merkel won the first championship remains common knowledge but some fans are surprised to learn that Yamaha-mounted Mick Doohan won several rounds of the championship in 1988, or that former 500 title winner Marco Luchinelli won multiple races that season, but was in prison two years later....http://www.superbikeplanet.com/2012/May/120511qa.htm
It's no surprise that the Monza debacle has created some serious discontent in the WSBK paddock. At the end of the day, Team Effenbert Liberty Racing, who had rider Sylvain Guintoli starting from pole, released a scathing statement that can be read below.
It was clear that allowing a few riders to decided when and if to start the races, by raising their arms or not, would cause some confusion and anger. During the previous round at Assen, Race Direction chose five riders to signal any eventual problems by putting their arms up. They were Max Biaggi, Marco Melandri, Carlos Checa, Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes.
Monza (Italy), Friday 4th May 2012: the Althea Racing team and its riders Carlos Checa and Davide Giugliano were greeted by warm and sunny conditions at the Monza racetrack, where the fourth round of the 2012 World Superbike Championship is taking place this weekend. Checa and Giugliano closed today’s first qualifying in ninth and tenth place respectively at the fastest track on the SBK calendar.
Checa and Giugliano were out on track this morning for the first free practice session of the weekend. With a track temperature of 39˚C, both riders worked to refine the set-up of their 1198 bikes ahead of this afternoon’s first qualifying session, using last year’s data as a base from which to work. Concentrating on preparing the bike itself rather than on lap times, Carlos closed in thirteenth position with a best time of 1m44.4 and Davide in fourteenth place, just one tenth of a second behind his team-mate.
The first qualifying session was also completed in good conditions. Both Althea flagbearers worked hard to improve on the morning’s performances. In the opening phase, Giugliano dropped his time by more than a second, recording a 1m43.4 which positioned him tenth at the session’s end. Carlos’ times began to fall in the second half of the session; the current world champion registered his fastest time in the final minutes, with a 1m43.3 that put him in ninth position, once again a fraction of a second ahead of his team-mate. The results bode well, especially considering the chances of bad, or at least variable, weather that is forecast for the rest of the weekend.
“Considering the track, one of those at which we have always had trouble, I’d say that we’ve grown during today’s two sessions. I’ve even improved in T2, a point of the track that usually gives me problems. There are sections where we can definitely make further improvement but, all things considered, I’m satisfied with the work we’ve done so far.”
“It went quite well today. This morning we worked hard on the bike, knowing that we needed to do as well as possible this afternoon, in case of rain tomorrow. The important thing is that Carlos and I are the first Ducatis, and it’s no surprise that the four-cylinders are all up ahead. The weather looks like being very changeable but I’m feeling ready and confident whatever the conditions over the rest of the weekend.”
TIMES (Qualifying): 1. Fabrizio (BMW) 1’42.3; 2. Melandri (BMW) 1’42.3; 3. Haslam (BMW) 1’42.5; 4. Laverty (Aprilia) 1’42.6; 5. Badovini (BMW) 1’42.6; 6. Sykes (Kawasaki) 1’42.7; 7. Biaggi (Aprilia) 1’42.8; 8. Davies (Aprilia) 1’43.2; 9. Checa (Ducati) 1’43.3; 10. Giugliano (Ducati) 1’43.4
This weekend at Monza, Infront Motor Sports, WSB promoter and organizer, will roll out a party celebrating 25 Years of World Superbike: “25 exciting years”
It’s going to be a great weekend with photo opportunity’s at every turn. A large lineup of legendary world champions will be on hand that for us literally lead from the past, with Doug Polen on the 851 to the future, with Troy Bayliss’s development of the 1199 Panigale. For a Ducatisti, a photo of Doug Polen, Giancarlo Fallapa, Carl Fogerty, Troy Bayliss, and Carlos Checa – multi generations of Ducati champions responsible for a huge chunk of Ducati history (and retail sales) has likely never happened before. It’s going to be something really special to see.
For the rest of this story: http://www.ducati.net/2012/05/25-years-of-racing-entertainment-the-ultimate-ducatisbk-fan-photo-opportunity/
Now THAT”S a save! Hard to believe it’s the same bike. For more shots of the bike in process take a few minutes and check out his gallery pages.
Craig Kenfield writes in:
I saw a link to your site on Ductalk which led to some before and after photos of a Ducati single. Here’s my version of a similar bike… it’s a 1966 Ducati 160 Monza Jr that was restyled using older Ducati bodywork.
After spending too many years working on it on and off I finally got it back on the road just in time for the vintage bike festival at Barber Motorsports last year. With about 15 miles on the bike we threw it on the trailer and drove 13 hours to get there. Took it off the trailer and it ran great all weekend.
MotoGP News.MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi announces latest four-wheel adventure.
"Valentino Rossi is the ultimate motorsport hero and we must hope he will consider joining our championships on a more regular manner at some point in his outstanding career"
This 1967 Ducati Monza is said to run very well, but it is currently suffering from a weak charging system....
Valentino Rossi put a scare into the reigning World Rally Champion with a strong second place finish in the Monza Rally Show at the Monza Autodrome outside of Milan, Italy.
The nine-time world champion and co-driver Carlo Cassina drove their Monster Energy Ford Fiesta RS to two stage wins and second place overall in the WRC class behind eight-time and defending World Rally Champion Sebastien Loeb and co-driver Severine Loeb after three days of racing on a variety of courses at the Monza circuit.
"Beating his majesty Sebastien Loeb in the Rally of Monza Grand Prix is a cool thing... to do it two times it is priceless!" Rossi wrote on Twitter....
Max Papis driving a NASCAR for the first time in History on the historic oval track of the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza during the 2011 Monza Rally Show. Great look at the Monza track and a real eye opener on how difficult it is to manage a NASCAR car in slow tight turns. But on lap 2 he's got it and it's pretty cool...
Rossi: "The end of a disastrous 2011
We have to improve, like Inter"
Milano, 25 November 2011
Valentino is one of the protagonists of the Monza Rally Show: "It's a nice way to end the worst year of my career. A present from Father Christmas? A competitive GP 2012."
Valentino Rossi was smiling and relaxed – a rarity this year – as he climbed into his Ford Fiesta WRC for the 2011 Monza Rally Show, the traditional end-of-season event at the Monza autodrome. Shed of the tension in MotoGP, free of worries about the 2012 tests. Here, where Vale has already won twice, his faithful sidekicks Uccio and Davide Brivio are also in the race, each with a co-driver and each bearing the number 46. Protective, of course, but not too much because today Doctor Rossi is enjoying himself. "It's a nice way to end the year," he grinned. "It's probably been, actually it's definitely been, the worst season of my career. What would I like Father Christmas to bring me? A competitive GP 2012."
LIKE INTER — "We have a very different bike," Rossi continued. "I'd like to see the progress as early as February. Hopefully we'll be faster and more competitive. It's right that there are no longer any limits on tests and that helps us." In the meantime there's a Rally to be raced and a special head-to-head with Sébastien Loeb. "He has won 8 World Championships in a row, what more can you say? For me just racing with him is an honour and a fun way to end a year that has been disastrous overall." So the recipe is to start over from scratch, a bit like Rossi's favourite team, Inter, where there have been constant managerial changes: "I'm pleased they're through in the Champions League, but the group wasn't difficult. I have to say they haven't been playing well recently; if they want to compete with AC Milan they'll have to step up a level."
ON THE TRACK FOR SIC — It was a particular edition of the rally show; the first without Marco Simoncelli, who right here in 2010 made sure he didn’t miss out on anything with a crash and a fire at the Master Show final. Valentino concluded: "Yes, we were the ones who got him started. I still remember when my father Graziano had him try with his first cars. And he was fast in them, too." Everyone is saying, “Sic isn’t here, yet he is." And there are lots of “Ciao Sic” stickers to be seen on the cars, along with his number 58 Honda on display in the centre of the paddock. Next to the bike, a panel will display the greetings from the fans that will pass from the autodrome until Sunday. Furthermore, the Master Show – the most spectacular race at the Monza Rally Show – will be dedicated to Simoncelli and will be held on Sunday at 13:30.
WOMEN, CARS AND VIPS — If you're looking for competition, you won't be disappointed. Starting the Monza Rally 2011 will be the winners of 8 World Rally Championships, 5 European Championships, 1 IRC title, 11 Italian Championships, 10 MotoGP World Championships and 3 24 Hours of Le Mans. Top-class stars such as Sébastien Loeb and Valentino Rossi, Dindo Capello and Dani Sordo, plus the debutant Andrea Dovizioso and Moto 2 riders Andrea Iannone and Claudio Corti. There are plenty of VIPs on board too: singer Cesare Cremonini, TV personality Capitan Ventosa, former cyclist Claudio Chiappucci, the regional councillor for Lombardy Nicole Minetti and TV presenter Sara Ventura. And for the first time in Italy, there will also be Max Papis in his NASCAR car.
We’ve already mentioned that this upcoming weekend’s Monza Rally Show will be dedicated to late Marco Simoncelli and friend Valentino Rossi will also be taking part as he usually does every year (last year he missed it, as he was recovering from shoulder surgery).
Since Rossi has taken to Twitter like a duck to water, he posted the pics of the Ford Fiesta WRC car he’ll be racing with. The graphic design is pimped by Aldo Drudi and has Rossi’s trademark sun and moon motif and the usual array of bright colours that distinguish his helmet’s and also has a large tribute to friend Marco Simoncelli.
Also taking part in the rally show will be Andrea Dovizioso, Moto2 riders Andrea Iannone and Claudio Corti.