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Sat 08 Nov 2003
Michelin plans to continue success

Michelin plans to continue success

LAS VEGAS - Vehicle manufacturers and technology developers often claim that their motorsports programs provide a proving ground for new technologies. When pressed, they can sometimes point to an electronics package, transmission or an engine ...

Fri 21 Feb 2003
Ducati Corse signs sponsor partner

Ducati Corse signs sponsor partner

Oracle and Ducati together on the racing track. Milan, February 20, 2003 - Oracle Italia, a subsidiary of Oracle Corporation (Nasdaq: ORCL), the world's largest enterprise software company, announced today that it has struck a partnership with...

Tue 22 Apr 2003
IRL: Honda announces new President and CEO

IRL: Honda announces new President and CEO

Tokyo, 22 April, 2003 --- Honda Motor Co., Ltd. today announced that Mr. Takeo Fukui will become the company's sixth President and Chief Executive Officer effective in late June 2003. Mr. Fukui, 58, currently a Senior Managing and Representative...

Fri 26 Sep 2003
Imola: Team Ducati Friday qualifying notes

Imola: Team Ducati Friday qualifying notes

Imola (Italy), 26 September: Ruben Xaus and Neil Hodgson powered their Ducati Fila 999 machines to a provisional third and fourth place on the grid in Friday first qualifying for the Imola World Superbike round. James Toseland (HM Plant...

Sun 27 Jul 2003
Brands Hatch: Van Zon Honda TKR race report

Brands Hatch: Van Zon Honda TKR race report

Disappointment for Van Zon Honda TKR at Brands Hatch It was a hot day at Brands Hatch, a welcome surprise after the previous wet weather of the weekend. But the change in weather made it difficult for teams to arrive at a working setting. Iain...

Mon 19 May 2003
Steve Martin Monza race report

Steve Martin Monza race report

Great weekend for Steve Martin in Monza Australian Steve Martin rode to two top ten finishes in the fourth round of the World Superbike championship in Monza this weekend. He finished race one in ninth and then improved on that with ...

Fri 05 Sep 2003
Assen: Ducati Fila preview

Assen: Ducati Fila preview

Assen (Netherlands), Thursday 4 September : Britain's Neil Hodgson (Ducati Fila), father of newly-born Holly Jean, will be facing up to the most crucial race of his career this weekend at Assen, Netherlands as he attempts to clinch the 2003 World...

Sat 01 Mar 2003
Valencia: Ducati Friday qualifying notes

Valencia: Ducati Friday qualifying notes

The new Ducati 999 quick at Valencia. Hodgson and Xaus (Team Ducati Fila) first and third in Friday qualifying. Valencia (Spain), Friday 28 February 2003 - Team Ducati Fila riders Neil Hodgson and Ruben Xaus set first and third quickest times in...

Fri 25 Jul 2003
Brands Hatch: Ten Kate Honda first qualifying report

Brands Hatch: Ten Kate Honda first qualifying report

Rain fails to stop play for Ten Kate Honda at Brands Hatch Ten Kate Honda rider Karl Muggeridge shrugged off appalling conditions at Brands Hatch for the first timed qualifying session for round eight of the World Supersport ...

Sat 31 May 2003
Ocschersleben: Ten Kate Racing first qualifying report

Ocschersleben: Ten Kate Racing first qualifying report

Ten Kate Honda start Oschersleben weekend on top. Karl Muggeridge took his Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR straight to the top of the timesheets in the first qualifying session in Oschersleben ahead of Sunday's round five of the World Supersport ...

Sun 07 Sep 2003
Assen: Ducati final qualifying notes

Assen: Ducati final qualifying notes

Assen (Netherlands), Saturday 6 September: Neil Hodgson (Ducati Fila) and Pierfrancesco Chili (PSG-1 Ducati) produced an extraordinary battle for Superpole in view of Sunday's Dutch Round of the World Superbike Championship at Assen. The ...

Fri 17 Oct 2003
Magny Cours: Ducati preview

Magny Cours: Ducati preview

Bologna (Italy), 16 October 2003: Ducati Corse wishes to confirm its official participation in the World Superbike championship, the world's most important production-based racing category, and announces that Regis Laconi and James Toseland will...

Wed 23 Jul 2003
Brands Hatch: Michelin preview

Brands Hatch: Michelin preview

Hodgson at home World championship leader Neil Hodgson (Ducati Fila-Michelin) can expect a hero's welcome at Brands Hatch this week-end. The Michelin man has had a tremendous season so far. His championship tally says it all: Hodgson leads on...

Sun 23 Feb 2003
Ducati Valencia test notes 2003-02-22

Ducati Valencia test notes 2003-02-22

Second day of SBK winter testing at Valencia interrupted by bad weather. Ruben Xaus (Team Ducati Fila) headed the timesheets today on the second day of official SBK pre-season testing at Valencia. In the afternoon the two Ducati Fila riders,...

Wed 03 Dec 2003
Bologna Motor Show preview

Bologna Motor Show preview

The World Superbike and Supersport Championship Paddock at The Bologna Motor Show Superbike and Supersport are on their way to the 2003 Motor Show and they are treating the occasion like another Grand Prix. In Hall 19, a 1200 m2 replica of...

Fri 05 Sep 2003
Assen: Michelin preview

Assen: Michelin preview

Hodgson ready for world title It would take a miracle for anyone to beat Neil Hodgson (Ducati Fila-Michelin) to the 2003 World Superbike title. "I'm looking forward to Assen to take that title," admits the Brit, who has 386 points and leads ...

Fri 26 Sep 2003
Imola: Ten Kate Honda Friday qalifying notes

Imola: Ten Kate Honda Friday qalifying notes

Ten Kate Honda's Chris Vermeulen shattered the lap record in a mind-blowing finale to the first qualifying session as he took provisional pole position in round 10 of the World Supersport championship at Imola, Italy on Friday. "I just put my...

Sun 26 Jan 2003
2003 FIM World Superbike schedule

2003 FIM World Superbike schedule

<pre> Date C Location Track 3-2 SPA Valencia Valencia 3-30 AUS Phillip Island Phillip Island 4-27 JPN Sugo Sugo 5-18 ITA Monza Monza 6-1 GER Ocschersleben ...

Tue 30 Sep 2003
Imola: Ten Kate Honda race report

Imola: Ten Kate Honda race report

Ten Kate Honda's Karl Muggeridge chalked up his second successive win ahead of team-mate Chris Vermeulen, who in turn clinched the 2003 World Supersport championship following a gripping toe-to-toe battle involving the two yellow CBR600RR...

Sat 30 Aug 2003
An interview with Niel Hodgson by Team Ducati

An interview with Niel Hodgson by Team Ducati

Hodgson (Ducati Fila) faces up to toughest week of his life Ducati Fila's Neil Hodgson is currently experiencing the proverbial 'calm before the storm' as he faces up to one of the biggest challenges of his career next week. But for the...

Tue 25 Feb 2003
Team Ducati Fila launched in Milan

Team Ducati Fila launched in Milan

Ducati Corse and Fila launched their 2003 sporting programme with a presentation and dinner attended by 600 media, VIP and sponsor guests in Milan, Italy. The event took place in the Gilli Cube structure and marked the start of the partnership ...

Thu 20 Nov 2003
Eric Bostrom named by Ducati for AMA title challenge
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Eric Bostrom named by Ducati for AMA title challenge

Bologna (Italy), Wednesday, 19 November 2003: Eric Bostrom is set to spearhead the Ducati attack on the 2004 AMA Superbike championship in one of the most exciting challenges seen in North America's premier motorcycle racing series for many ...

Thu 16 Oct 2003
Magny Cours: Ducati season finale preview

Magny Cours: Ducati season finale preview

Magny-Cours (France), 16 October 2003 : Neil Hodgson and Ruben Xaus (Ducati Fila) bring the 2003 World Superbike championship to a close this weekend as the season finale gets underway at the Formula 1 circuit of Magny-Cours in central France....

Sun 02 Mar 2003
Valencia: Van Zon Honda race notes

Valencia: Van Zon Honda race notes

Top ten finish for Van Zon Honda TKR at opening race. Werner Daemen took his all-new Honda CBR600RR to a tenth place finish in a hard-fought Supersport race. "I had a good race, except for the start," said Werner, "I got bumped by another...

Sat 13 Dec 2003
Team Ducati Valencia test notes 2003-12-12

Team Ducati Valencia test notes 2003-12-12

Italian Lorenzo Lanzi has concluded the latest test for the factory Ducati 749R, the bike that will mark Ducati Corse's return to the World Supersport arena in the 2004 championship, with a major improvement on the time he recorded in ...

Thu 25 Sep 2003
Imola: Michelin preview

Imola: Michelin preview

Hodgson looking to celebrate world title at Ducati home track Neil Hodgson (Ducati Fila-Michelin) rode to the 2003 World Superbike title at the last round, in Assen, on September 7. He comes to Italy ready to celebrate his new crown at a track...

Sun 07 Sep 2003
Assen: Ducati Friday qualifying notes

Assen: Ducati Friday qualifying notes

Assen (Netherlands), Friday 5 September: Neil Hodgson (Ducati Fila) started off this weekend's crucial Dutch round of the World Superbike championship in fine style with provisional third place in Friday qualifying at the Assen TT...

Sat 26 Apr 2003
Sugo: Ten Kate Honda qualifying report

Sugo: Ten Kate Honda qualifying report

Saturday brings a great improvement for the Ten Kate Honda team. After a disappointing Friday qualifying in terrible conditions, the Ten Kate Honda team worked hard to put both riders onto the second row for Sunday's race. Karl Muggeridge, who...

Fri 20 Jun 2003
Misano: Team Ducati preview

Misano: Team Ducati preview

Just one week after racking up his fifth double win of the season, Britain's Neil Hodgson (Ducati Fila) continues his red-hot championship pace this weekend as the World Superbike championship comes to a scorching Misano Adriatico circuit in Italy.

Mon 19 May 2003
Ten Kate Honda Monza race report

Ten Kate Honda Monza race report

Brave victory for battered Vermeulen at Monza Despite going into the race with badly damaged ligaments in his right thumb from his Friday crash, Australian Chris Vermeulen won by a massive margin of 9.1 seconds on his Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR at...

Sun 07 Sep 2003
Ducati's Hodgson wraps up championship

Ducati's Hodgson wraps up championship

Assen (Netherlands), Sunday 7 September: Britain's Neil Hodgson (Ducati Fila) wrapped up the 2003 World Superbike Championship with second place in race 1 behind Ruben Xaus and a thrilling victory in race 2 at the Dutch circuit today. Hodgson, who...

Tue 10 Jun 2003
Silverstone: Michelin preview

Silverstone: Michelin preview

World championship leader Hodgson comes home Neil Hodgson (Ducati Fila-Michelin) comes to his home round as World Superbike's new star. The British rider has won no less than 9 of this year's 10 races. He leads the world championship on 245 ...

Sun 19 Oct 2003
Magny Cours: Ducati final qualifying report

Magny Cours: Ducati final qualifying report

Front row starts for Hodgson and Xaus (Ducati Fila) in Superbike finale at Magny-Cours. Magny-Cours (France), 18 October 2003: Ducati Fila riders Neil Hodgson and Ruben Xaus both improved on their Friday qualifying times to end up with front-row...

Magny Cours: Ten Kate Honda qualifying report

Magny Cours: Ten Kate Honda qualifying report

Ten Kate Honda's recently crowned World Supersport champion, Chris Vermeulen snatched pole position with a red-hot final lap in qualifying on Saturday at Magny-Cours in France. "I made a silly mistake on my last lap but I am very pleased with...

Thu 11 Sep 2003
Ducati's champion Hodgson press conference

Ducati's champion Hodgson press conference

Just hours after stepping off the Assen podium with the 2003 World Superbike Championship trophy in his hands, Ducati Fila's Neil Hodgson faced up to questioning from the world's press. What follows is a transcript of Neil's press...

Fri 16 May 2003
Monza: Team Ducati preview

Monza: Team Ducati preview

Team Ducati Fila aims for 200th Superbike win at Monza. The World Superbike Championship heads to the legendary Autodromo di Monza track close to Milan for the fourth round of this year's championship. The high-speed track, set amidst the...