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MotoGP: Camel Yamaha Team progress dampened in Istanbul


Round: 3 - 2006 MotoGP Turkey
Circuit: Istanbul
Date: 29 April 2006
Temp: 12ºC
Weather: Wet

Local weather forecasts predicting heavy rain for today's qualifying session at the Grand Prix of Turkey were borne out today as an early downfall and intermittent afternoon showers thwarted the Camel Yamaha Team's hopes of improving their YZR-M1 machines ahead of tomorrow's 22-lap race. After struggling to find an ideal setting for the demanding Istanbul Park circuit in yesterday's free practices, both Colin Edwards and Valentino Rossi had hoped to complete some dry laps before this afternoon's crucial grid decider but they were forced to splash their way through the puddles and battle hard for ninth and eleventh place respectively.

MotoGP: Tricky first day for Camel Yamaha in Istanbul


Round: 3 - 2006 MotoGP Turkey
Circuit: Istanbul
Date: 28 April 2006
Temp: 20ºC
Weather: Dry

Camel Yamaha Team riders Valentino Rossi and Colin Edwards spent the first day of practice for the Grand Prix of Turkey gathering important set-up data after encountering different track conditions to those they enjoyed here season. With this year's event taking place some six months earlier than the inaugural race here last October, overcast skies contributed to cool ambient temperatures of 20ºC and produced low grip levels on track, where Nicky Hayden (Honda) set the free practice pace with a best lap of 1'53.623.

Debut on the Turkish track for the Pramac d'Antin MotoGP riders


Good weather conditions, despite some wind, during the first free practice day in Turkey. The two Pramac d'Antin MotoGP riders discovered the Istanbul Park Circuit this Friday, a track they never had seen before. After a careful study of the trajectories to make, both the riders concentrated themselves on the definition of the ideal set-up for their Ducati Desmosedici GP06 “Sat.” The German Alex Hofmann obtained the 18th time while the Spanish Jose Luis Cardoso classified himself 19th. They both are motivated and tomorrow they will have another free practice session at their disposal before taking part to the single qualifying session reserved to the MotoGP class riders, at 2 p.m. (GMT+3).

Jose Luis Cardoso discovers Istanbul on a boat cruise along the Bosphorus


Event - Grand Prix of Turkey
Istanbul, Thursday 27th April 2006

This Thursday afternoon, JOSE LUIS CARDOSO, was invited by DORNA with other riders to make a boat cruise along the Bosphorus, the famous strait that separates Europe and Asia, between the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara. A mixture of past and present, and an opportunity for the Spanish rider to see some beauties of Istanbul, like the Ottoman Topkapi Palace, the Blue Mosque that is a masterpiece of the Ottoman Art and the Church of Saint Sophia, a splendid monument from the Christianity. The PRAMAC D’ANTIN MOTOGP rider remained fascinated: “It has been a nice experience, something really unique, especially as I never had been to Istanbul before. I’m glad because I was curious to see some of the masterpieces of one of the most celebrated cities in the history, for its wealth and its beauty, the capital of the Orient Roman Empire that is now a multicultural city. We had the occasion to admire its wonders during the boat cruise, but also from the port. I like Turkey, it’s fascinating because really different in its ways of living and its customs. I spent some time talking with the boat Captain that told me about the glorious past of Istanbul and the contrasts that this city still has today. On the boat I also assisted to a typical Turkish show, some artists danced and singed and I had a lot of fun with all the other riders. To conclude, we had lunch all together, a nice way to enjoy the local cooking after a special day as this one”.

Alex Hofmann and Jose Luis Cardoso for the first time on the track of Istanbul Park


The Team PRAMAC D’ANTIN MOTOGP is ready for the third race of the season that will take place on the “Istanbul Park Circuit” in Turkey. A track inaugurated last year, when the MotoGP race was in October. None of the Team riders ever rode on the Istanbul track, ALEX HOFMANN having injured himself at Motegi in Japan last season and JOSE LUIS CARDOSO as he was racing in the World Superbike Championship in 2005. In short, for both of them it will be the first race on this new circuit with the DUCATI DESMOSEDICI GP06 “Sat.”.
The first sessions of free practice will be on Friday at 10 a.m. in Turkey (GMT + 3).

BMW Motorrad USA narrows advertising agency search


Three New York Firms Under Consideration

Woodcliff Lake, NJ - April 20, 2006... Three New York agencies are making final presentations to BMW Motorrad USA this week in their bid for the company's motorcycle advertising business. Executives from Brooklyn Brothers, Concept Farm, and G2 made final presentations to marketing managers at BMW Motorrad USA on April 18-19. The winning agency will be announced on April 26.

Brooklyn Brothers is an independent agency with 7 full-time employees and a large base of freelance talent. It recently orchestrated the successful relaunch of the New York Rangers.

Yamaha official paddock scooter supplier to FGSport


Valencia, Spain - 21/4/2006

Yamaha Motor Italia has signed an agreement with FGSport that sees Yamaha supply six paddock scooters to the 2006 Superbike World Championship.
Claudio Consonni, Yamaha Motor Italia's racing manager, handed the keys of the specially-liveried BW's scooters to FGSport CEO Paolo Flammini ahead of this weekend's third round of the championship in Valencia, Spain.

Being very easy to ride and stable with its fat tyres, the BW's makes a perfect paddock scooter. Designer Aldo Drudi has created a special design for the units, combining the FGSport logo and colours in a very trendy way. Drudi also designed the livery of Yamaha Motor Italia's YZF-R1 racers.

BMW and Motorcycle Mechanics Institute developo training alliance


Twelve-Week BMW Course Offered to MMI Students

Woodcliff Lake, NJ - April 18, 2006... Students studying to be technicians at the Motorcycle Mechanics Institute (MMI) in Phoenix now have the opportunity to enroll in a new BMW course, thanks to a new two-year agreement between BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) and MMI.

BMW has created an alliance with MMI, one of the nation's leading providers of technical training for motorcycle technicians, to develop a technician certification program. MMI students can enroll in this 12-week course to train on BMW motorcycles, including the newest models, the BMW K 1200 GT and R 1200 GS Adventure.

Rossi and Edwards aim for Qatar reprise


Qatar, Losail International Circuit

The Camel Yamaha Team move on to the Middle East next weekend with the objective of making up for lost points and pride following a disappointing start to the season in the opening round at Jerez. The Grand Prix of Qatar represents the ideal opportunity of a reprieve, with Valentino Rossi and Colin Edwards having performed well in pre-season testing at the Losail International Circuit in February.

A further day of testing following the Jerez race provided the team with another opportunity to work on the vibration problems that hampered the riders in Jerez, and the day produced some positive results. Such problems were at a minimum when the team tested at Qatar in February, so Yamaha is hopeful of starting out positively for the second race of the season.

BMW branch in Munich opens the world's largest BMW motorcycle center


5.6 million euros invested+++Just in time for the start of the 2006 season, the BMW Branch in Munich is opening its new Motorcycle Centre at Frankfurter Ring 29, right next to the main operation.+++
Munich. Just in time for the start of the 2006 season, the BMW Branch in Munich is opening its new Motorcycle Centre at Frankfurter Ring 29, right next to the main operation.

The world's largest BMW Motorcycle Centre, which is unique in this style to date, will be opening to customers over a total area of 9,000 m2, after around a year's renovation work and investments of 5.6 million euros.

The former "Halmburger & Höflich" premises have been completely refurbished and now offer customers the opportunity to explore the complete world of BMW motorcycles over an area covering 3,000 m2. The manager of the BMW Motorcycle Centre is Felix Herrnberger, who has also been responsible for the motorcycle business of the BMW Munich branch to date. The operation will employ 79 people in total.