Sunday, October 31, 2010


It's go-big slideshow week here at Road Racer X, and today's 2010 World Superbike season review is delivered via two of our most talented shooters?don't miss a frame.


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Fun with Photoshop: Ducati Tron Lightcycle

As Ducati gets ready to unveil its 2011 line-up in Milan tomorrow, there’s one bike we are more than certain won’t make the showcase: the Ducati Tron Lightcycle. While Ducati is expected to make a cameo-appearance in the new Tron Legacy movie, we don’t think the Bologna-based company’s product placement will go quite as far as this Ducati fan’s imagination. One of the better photoshops we’ve seen in a while, the oil filter protruding from ...


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Interview with Rick Broadbent

MotoGPBlog was lucky enough to catch up with Rick Broadbent, Times journalist and author of Ring of Fire. You can also read our review of his book, and while you’re there, pick up your copy though our Amazon store - see links at the end of the articles.


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Prelude to Pitcher's Duel? Madison Bumgarner, Tommy Hunter Square Off

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Game 5 will be a rematch of the much hyped Tim Lincecum vs. Cliff Lee pairing in the World Series' opening game. While the two aces boast three Cy Young Awards combined, the starters for Game 4 have just 29 career wins between them. It's Madison Bumgarner vs. Tommy Hunter and FanHouse TV has a preview.


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Houston Texans Healthy Entering Tilt With Indianapolis

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The Houston Texans enter their prime-time game Monday against Indianapolis as healthy as they have been since early in the season.

Defensive tackle Earl Mitchell (ankle) and defensive end Jesse Nading (knee) are listed as doubtful after not practicing this week, but most of the rest of the Texans' roster is expected to be able to play when Houston visits the Colts Monday.

Guard Mike Brisiel (knee) is listed as questionable.

The rest of the Texans' Saturday injury report:

LB Xavier Adibi (hamstring, probable), LB Kevin Bentley (knee, probable), TE Owen Daniels (knee, probable), WR Dorin Dickerson (knee, probable), TE Garrett Graham (shoulder, probable), WR Andre Johnson (ankle, probable), DB Sherrick McManis (hamstring, probable), DB Karl Paymah (wrist, probable) and LB Darryl Sharpton (ankle, probable).


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Qualifying cancelled in Estoril

Severe weather at Estoril today forced the cancellation of the MotoGP qualifying session, with torre...


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Saturday, October 30, 2010

2010 World Superbike Season Begins With Closest WSBK Finish Ever


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2010 Estoril Moto2 FP1 Result -

The atrocious weather let up a little late in the morning at Estoril, just enough to allow the large part of the Moto2 field to brave the rain and wind and lap the Portuguese circuit. Fastest man at the end of the day - despite an impressive crash at he end of the main straight - was Marc VDS Racing's Scott Redding, the British rider topping the timesheets by over 1.6 seconds.

In 2nd place came rain specialist Ant West aboard the MZ, but perhaps the biggest surprise of the session was Kenan Sofuoglu's 3rd fastest time. The FP1 session was the 2010 World Supersport champion first outing at the Portuguese track, and his first laps in anger aboard the Technomag CIP Suter machine, after a brief test at Albacete earlier this week. Sofuoglu was two seconds slower than Redding, but just a few hundredths ahead of Redding's teammate Hector Faubel.

The break in the weather looks to be just temporary, though. The rain is expected to turn heavy again this afternoon, from around the time the bikes are scheduled to get back on track for FP2.


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Buell 1125RR to Race in AMA/DMG Superbike Class


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BMW S1000RR: More stock Horsepower than a Hayabusa


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Tuesday Conversation: Chris Clark

RRX Online checks in with Pat Clark Motorsports American Superbike rider Chris Clark.


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Long Takes Pirelli Diablo 600 Challenge at Homestead

Barrett Long on his Motocorse Performance Ducati 848 scored the win in the Pirelli Tire sponsored event at the 27th Annual Race of Champions. Long completed the regulation 10 laps in 15 minutes 20 seconds with a margin of victory of 19 seconds and an average lap time of 1:32.015.


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Friday, October 29, 2010

Rossi wants to sign off with wins

The Fiat Yamaha rider wants to end the 2010 campaign with victories in the final two rounds, starting at a track at which he has an excellent record: Estoril.


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Jackie Stewart interview: ?Drivers of today are best since my day? (Part 2)

In the second part of F1 Fanatic’s interview with Sir Jackie Stewart he told us why he’s backing Mark Webber to win the world championship and whether Felipe Massa can bounce back from his difficult season. The three-times world champion also talked about how he and his fellow drivers got the N�rburgring removed from the [...]


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Timeline: Kasey Kahne's First Seven Years in NASCAR

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Kasey Kahne, who was released Wednesday night as the driver of the Richard Petty Motorsports No. 9 Budweiser Ford, came on the scene in 2003, when RPM was still Evernham Motorsports.

In the seven years since, he's racked up 11 victories, including an impressive six victories in 2006.

But Kahne was a lame duck at RPM, and he and longtime crew chief Kenny Francis had previously announced their intentions to race for Red Bull Racing in 2011 as a stopover point before Kahne's move to Hendrick Motorsports' No. 5 car in 2012.

Timeline: Kasey Kahne's First Seven Years in NASCAR originally appeared on Motorsports FanHouse on Thu, 21 Oct 2010 11:07:00 EST . Please see our terms for use of feeds.


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Moto2 battle to Portugal

Moto2 battle to Portugal

With Toni El�as already proclaimed World Champion the Spanish and Italian riders are in close combat for second place in the standings, with Thomas L�thi still holding an outside hope as well.

Toni El�as? crowning as inaugural Moto2 World Champion in Malaysia may have ended the chase for the 2010 title, but the battle for runner-up spot is still very much alive with two rounds remaining. This weekend at the bwin Grande Premio de Portugal both Juli�n Sim�n and Andrea Iannone will be aiming to improve their individual chances of taking the honour with strong results.

Champion El�as has a solid record at Estoril having won three times previously there (250cc in 2003 and 2004 and MotoGP in 2006), but the focus will undoubtedly be on the two riders who sit further back in the standings. Just two points separate Mapfre Aspar?s Sim�n and his Fimmco Speed Up rival Iannone in second and third position, with Swiss rider Thomas L�thi of the Interwetten Moriwaki team also still holding a mathematical chance of ending the campaign in second as he sits 36 points off Iannone and in fourth.

Neither Sim�n or Iannone have scored a podium finish at Estoril before with the Spaniard?s fifth place in the 125cc class in 2006 his best result there to date. His Italian counterpart has not had a top-ten finish in four previous starts at the track, with 11th in 2008 his best result to date. L�thi meanwhile took a podium finish on his way to the 2005 125cc title and has finished fourth twice in the past three seasons in the former 250cc category.

Simone Corsi (JiR Moto2) is currently fifth in the Championship and enjoyed a dominant 125cc visit to Estoril in 2008 taking victory from pole, whilst his team-mate Alex de Angelis is fresh off the back of his first win in the Moto2 campaign having tasted success in Australia.

Another rider also in good form is young Brit Scott Redding who took his Suter machine of the Marc VDS Racing Team to a season?s best finish of second at Phillip Island, and who has qualified on the front row for five of the last six races.

Joining the Moto2 field this weekend will be two wild card riders in Dani Rivas (Mr Griful) and Xavier Simeon (Holiday Gym Racing), whilst Turkish rider Kenan Sofuoglu begins his two-race partnership with the Technomag-CIP team, as does Spaniard Carmelo Morales with Racing Team Germany.


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Yamaha Dakar Update (It?s Not Road Racing, But It?s Okay By Us)

Yamaha WR450F rider Helder Rodrigues has completed a decent ?warm-up? for the 2011 Dakar by taking the runner-up position overall after six stages of the Rally of Morocco.


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As World Series Moves to Texas, Rangers Have Yet to Show Up

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Dear State of Texas:

Thank you very much.

Signed, your friends in California.

Our economy's hurting, so folks could use a morale boost. Big as Texas, you're doing your part this fall.

Real friendly like, your football team in Austin let our unranked boys from UCLA run all over them last month.

Better yet, your baseball team from greater Dallas showed up in San Francisco this week and left a trail of smiles. Those Texas Rangers couldn't have been nicer. They gave the Giants four errors in Game 1 of the World Series, the most they'd made all season. Then they came back 24 hours later in Game 2 and issued four consecutive walks Thursday night. The final score was 9-0.

Now it looks like San Francisco will finally get its first World Series trophy, but really, the whole country owes you a thank you.

Your NFL Cowboys are 1-5, which has made a lot of folks happy.

And before they buddied up to the baseball Giants, your Rangers trounced the Yankees, word of which caused an entire Southwest Airlines flight to cheer once the plane landed in Philadelphia last week.


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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Giants' Tortured World Series History

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When this World Series is over, either the Rangers or the Giants will have the first World Series title in their current city's history. While the Rangers had never won a playoff series before this year, the Giants have an eventful history in the Fall Classic.

FanHouse TV's Terence Moore is in San Francisco and thinks this year could be just like the others. Click to watch:


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Caroline Wozniacki Clinches Year-End No. 1 Ranking at Doha

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Caroline WozniackiCaroline Wozniacki clinched the WTA's year-end No. 1 ranking on Thursday by defeating Francesca Schiavone, 3-6, 6-1, 6-1, in their round-robin match at the WTA Championships in Doha, Qatar.

She is the youngest player to end the year at No. 1 since Martina Hingis accomplished the feat in 2000. "That's something I've dreamed about since I was a little girl," Wozniacki said after the match. "I'm really happy, really proud about what I've achieved this year."

Wozniacki, who lost the first set, rallied back and strengthened as the match progressed. She earned three vital breaks in the third set to seal the win. The match was a microcosm of Wozniacki's year. She wore down her opponent, and was stronger -- both mentally and physically -- than Schiavone was by the contest's end.

"Francesca was playing really good in the first set," Wozniacki said. "I just hang in there, and I kept my focus, and I tried to stay a little bit more aggressive and not let her dictate the game in the second and third, and that helped me through."


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The Yamaha Monday Wake-Up Call

It's a wrap?full final results from the World Superbike and AMA Pro Road Race championships.


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Alex Briggs Also Confirms Rossi's Crew To Move To Ducati

Further confirmation - if any was needed - that Valentino Rossi will be taking his entire crew with him to Ducati when he leaves. After Jeremy Burgess told Henny Ray Abrams at Phillip Island that he will be leaving Yamaha with Rossi, Rossi's mechanic Alex Briggs finally came clean on his Twitter page: "Next year I will be working at Ducati with the rider & all the gang. The choice was easy & made months ago."

Briggs had spent the last couple of months fending off a barrage of questions about his future on Twitter, as the amiable Australian has been a fervent and fascinating user of the social networking site, interacting eagerly with his 6000+ followers. Once Burgess had finally let his guard slip, Briggs could no longer keep up the pretense. In a further post, Briggs added some more detail about his decision to move:

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Tony Romo's Injury Turns Up Heat on Former Whiz Kid Jason Garrett

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Jason GarrettARLINGTON, Texas -- When Jason Garrett appeared in the Cowboys locker room after the bone-breaking of his starting quarterback and the knuckle-wrapping dispensed by the Giants on Monday night, he was, as usual, smartly dressed in a coat and tie with briefcase in hand. He's a Princeton guy. He's 44. He played quarterback for the Saints, Cowboys, Giants, Bucs and Dolphins from 1989 through 2004. He has been the Cowboys' offensive coordinator since 2007.

So, Garrett is seasoned. He knew what was coming.

He offered that laser look. Few blinks.

It's as if a voice was whispering in his ear, "Stay calm, stay calm, stay calm ...''

The rapid shots began ...

"Jason, what about losing Tony Romo? Jason, what about going 0 for 10 on third-down conversions? Jason, what about Jon Kitna? Jason, what about this offense now?"


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Titans Injury Update for Week 8: Jason McCourty, Vince Young May Return

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Titans quarterback Vince Young's still not guaranteeing he will start Sunday.

Young, who returned to practice Wednesday after missing a victory over Philadelphia with knee and ankle injuries, said while he feels better than last week, he plans to take his potential return this week "day by day."

Young's practice Wednesday was his first since sustaining knee and ankle sprains against Jacksonville Oct. 18.

"I feel a little bit better," Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean reported Young as saying. "As long as it continues to get better I will continue to do more things."

Wyatt wrote that Young practicing "bodes well" for his chances to play Sunday.

"He's getting better," Titans coach Jeff Fisher said. "He's improving and he was good enough to get through one of our periods today. We'll take him each day, and if he's able to move around in the pocket and be effective under center, then he'll have a chance to play."

Young was active Sunday in a 37-19 victory over Philadelphia, but did play. He was the No. 2 quarterback behind Kerry Collins, who threw for 276 yards and three touchdowns.

"It's between myself and coaches and trainers to make that decision," Young said. "It depends on how I am feeling. I just go off my instincts and how I feel with the trainers as well as the coaches and what's best with the team.

"I am not a selfish player. I want to be in full shape for my teammates so I decided not to jeopardize anything and take it easy and be safe."

Also, Jason McCourty may be returning this week for Tennessee.

McCourty, who started the season at starting at cornerback opposite Cortland Finnegan, has missed the last four games after undergoing forearm surgery, but Fisher said the second-year veteran may play Sunday.

"There is a chance we work him this week,''John Glennon of The Tennessean quoted Fisher as saying.

Rookie Alterraun Verner has been impressive in place of McCourty, and Glennon reported he likely will start against San Diego. Glennon also reported that McCourty likely would play in "situational packages and on special teams" Sunday.

"I talked to (defensive coordinator Chuck) Cecil and he told be to be prepared, there's a good chance I'll be up this week and have a chance to play,'' McCourty said. "I am just preparing like I am going to play, although I don't know the exact role yet.


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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

WSBK: 2009 World Superbike Results from Miller Motorsports Park, Utah


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Neukirchner Ready for Monza


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Kasey Kahne: 'It Was Time for Me to Move On'

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Discussing his abrupt departure from Richard Petty Motorsports this week, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kasey Kahne insisted Friday morning that it was a mutual decision. He dismissed reports that he was owed money from the team and challenged anyone to question his commitment despite the late-season split.

"It was time for me to move on,'' Kahne told reporters Friday morning at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway, where he'll begin his tenure in the No. 83 Red Bull Toyota in Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.

"It definitely went down differently than what a lot of people people expected, including myself. It's a big change for myself. I'm been doing the same thing for six and a half years. ... and now everything's different, but I'm looking forward to it. I've been looking forward to next year and now I've got a quicker start on it.

"I think it's good for me that it happened. And I think it's good for RPM also.''

Red Bull Racing general manager Jay Frye concurred and acknowledged the timing certainly benefited them as well. Kahne was already set to run the full 2011 season with the team before taking over the No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet in 2012. With one of Red Bull's lead drivers, Brian Vickers recovering from a blood clot, the No. 83 was available for Kahne now.


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New champion Jorge Lorenzo returns home

New champion Jorge Lorenzo returns home

Two weeks after winning the 2010 MotoGP World Championship, Jorge Lorenzo returns home to celebrate.

Jorge Lorenzo has finally gotten the opportunity to truly savour his MotoGP title triumph as he returned to his native Mallorca to celebrate with family, friends and fans.

Thousands of people turned out to witness the FIAT Yamaha rider as he touched down on home soil for the first time since wrapping up the title at the Malaysian Grand Prix almost two weeks ago.

He was met by crowds and dignitaries at the airport before enjoying a parade through the capital city of Palma de Mallorca, ending at the Illes Balears Presidential Palace.

He then presented one of his special 'Astronaut' helmets to President Frances Antich, before joining his family on the palace balcony to wave to the thousands of people below, who joined together in a rendition of 'We Are The Champions'.

The 23-year-old will now enjoy some time at home with his friends and family before the penultimate round of the championship at Estoril in Portugal. 


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