First free practice at Jerez Home GP for Pramac d'Antin MotoGP riders


First Free Practice at the Circuit of Jerez de la Frontera (Spain)

A first free practice day characterized by quite variable weather conditions. The morning session was on wet track, with JOSE LUIS CARDOSO and ALEX HOFMANN classifying themselves respectively in 4th and 6th position; the Spanish rider at only one second from the best time, on his home track. During the second free practice session, the weather conditions return stable and the track finally dry. Both PRAMAC D’ANTIN MOTOGP riders retrograded in the classification but are now at only two seconds from the fastest time, an acceptable gap considering the weather difficulties today.

HP2 and BMW Motorrad back for Motorsport Action in 2006


Woodcliff Lake, NJ - March 17, 2006... Following a superb debut season of competition during 2005, BMW Motorrad’s motorsport team plans to race the HP2 Enduro at a wide range of international off-road events in Europe and the United States throughout 2006. Under the experienced management of team boss, Berti Hauser, the 2006 line-up has been confirmed and includes Christian Pfeiffer, Simo Kirssi and Jimmy Lewis – all of whom have raced the HP2 Enduro before and are hoping to build on a fantastic debut year with BMW.

2005 had been designated a learning year for this ground-breaking motorcycle, but even before the market launch of the HP2 Enduro had taken place, it was being tested and raced in extreme conditions alongside the best off-road riders in the world in events such as the German Cross Country Series (GCC) as well as several heats of the Austrian (ACC) and Italian (ICC) Cross Country championships. The legendary Erzberg Rodeo was also contested, as was the Whitsuntide 24-hour race held at Neiden, Torgau. Overseas events also included the Baja 1000, Baja 500 and Vegas-to-Reno races.

Preview - Grand Prix of Jerez de la Frontera (Spain)


Pramac d'Antin MotoGP at home for the first race of 2006 Championship

The PRAMAC D’ANTIN MOTOGP Team will be at home for the first Grand Prix of the 2006 season at Jerez de la Frontera in Spain. The Technical Base of the Team is in Madrid, the Team Manger LUIS D’ANTIN is from Madrid too, and JOSE LUIS CARDOSO, one of the two riders of the Team together with ALEX HOFMANN, is from Seville, a splendid Iberian city located at only 100km from the circuit. A very special and thrilling weekend for the whole Team in occasion of the most attended event of the season from all motorcycling fans from all over the world. This Grand Prix is definitely one of the most popular; Jerez town is set in a slight valley in the South of Spain where the good weather is always consistent and is a particular motorcycling lover.

Everts takes another win at Valance



Rinaldi Yamaha rider Stefan Everts continued his victorious pre-season form by taking another overall triumph at the Valance International in France yesterday.

The Belgian and reigning MX1 World Champion has won every major 'warm-up' event since the motocross calendar cranked into life at Mantova, Italy in February. His fifth success in as many weeks arrived thanks to another 1-1 set of results. He holeshotted both motos and enjoyed a tussle with KTM's Mickael Pichon in the first race before defeating his great rival. In the second sprint he controlled the heat from the first turn until the chequered flag.

Aubert third on WEC debut


Enduro 2 : Aubert third on WEC debut
Round: 1 - Sweden
Circuit: Östersund
Date: 19 March 2006
Crowd: 4500
Temp: 5ºC
Weather: Sunny

UFO Corse Yamaha rider Johnny Aubert finished the opening round of the 2006 World Enduro Championship with two impressive third place positions in the competitive Enduro 2 class. Making his WEC debut at the Swedish event, the former motocross rider showed that not only is he a fast learner, but that he has the speed to challenge the series' more established riders for podium positions. Placing less than one-minute behind class winner Samuli Aro on day one, Aubert managed to win one of the day's special tests while remaining smooth, aggressive and consistent. On day two the Frenchman again rode well finishing just 37 seconds behind Aro, who again claimed the class win. In finishing in third position on both days Johnny is currently in third position in the E2 world championship standings, just 10 points behind Aro and four points behind runner-up Mika Ahola.

Camel Yamaha Team ready to begin title defence at Jerez


Circuito de Jerez, Jerez

The Camel Yamaha Team returns to southern Spain next weekend to begin the defence of its MotoGP World Championship titles. With Valentino Rossi taking the riders' crown for the fifth successive season, adding to both the team and manufacturers' titles in the year of Yamaha's 50th Anniversary, the factory outfit faces a tough challenge to live up to its 2005 success but the team is approaching the new campaign with optimism and fresh motivation.

This will be the 20th consecutive Grand Prix at Jerez since the circuit was first used in 1987 - Assen and Donington are the only other current venues boasting a longer association with the series - and this year's opening round sees Rossi hunting for his seventh win there in all classes. Victory next Sunday would be his fifth in the premier-class and make him the most successful MotoGP rider ever at Jerez; with one more win than the legendary Mick Doohan.

BMW Motorrad Rider Training 2006


Nimble, Steep and Safe at All Times

Munich. Focusing on both the beginner and the old hand returning to the world of motorcycling, and giving equal attention to the experienced rider, BMW Motorrad Rider Training offers a whole range of attractive new options entering the 2006 season - including courses on the race track, enduro training exclusively for women, and special training on the new BMW HP2. So whether you wish to perfect your nimble and dynamic handling of a motorcycle in even the fastest bends or seek to master the steepest offroad challenge, the wide range of training options tailored to the individual skills and interests of each and every rider offers the best for every taste and preference.

Hofmann and Cardoso visit Pramac Lifter S.p.A.


The two PRAMAC D’ANTIN MOTOGP riders spent the day of Tuesday 14th March in the PRAMAC Lifter S.p.A. factory at Casole d’Elsa in the province of Siena, central headquarters of the dynamic, solid, competitive and global PRAMAC GROUP that can count on a range of branches in the whole world. ALEX HOFMANN and JOSE LUIS CARDOSO had the opportunity to visit the whole factory of PAOLO CAMPINOTI, leader in the sectors of movement and production of electrical groups.
The two MotoGP riders, very enthusiastic, dedicated themselves to a photo session with the whole range of PRAMAC products, from which will come up the next publicity campaign of the factory that will see then both as testimonials. Besides, a meeting with all the PRAMAC employees had been organized so to give them the occasion to meet the 2006 riders, talk a little bit with them and get their autographs and a lot of gadgets. HOFMANN and CARDOSO were welcomed with much enthusiasm and admiration.

Spectacular Artisty on the new BMW F 800 S


Stunt world champion Christian Pfeiffer rides the new 2-cylinder model

The former stunt world champion Christian Pfeiffer presents his breathtaking motorcycling tricks on the new BMW F 800 S this year. Even in test rides with prototypes last year, Chris Pfeiffer was instantly taken with the playful agility and perfect engine characteristics of the brand new BMW 2-cylinder. BMW Motorrad was happy to oblige when Pfeiffer requested an F 800 as his new "working tool" at the very start of the freestyle season and well before the start of delivery to customers. Christian Pfeiffer was provided with a pre-series model which he modified accordingly.

Motorcycle Insurance

Protecting your property from theft and damage is a very important part of life. Why? Quite simply because you have a lot of time, money and love invested into them, and so securing them (at least from a financial perspective) makes a lot of sense. So, buying insurance should be one of your main priorities each time you add a home, change jobs etc. in your life. Equally, it is not just your home and life that needs insurance. That little (or big!) two wheeled beauty sitting on your driveway also needs it. Motorcycle insurance protects the investment that you make in your new Harley or other bike so that you can drive it down the road and park it in your garage without worrying about wrecking it or having it stolen. It also can stop you from experiencing punitive financial problems if you involve someone else in an accident. So, whilst getting a bargain on your motorcyle insurance is not a topic that will neccessarily be as 'Gripping' as riding the bike. It is nevertheless an essential aspect of owning a motorbike.